Reza Mirkarimi

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Video Index

– Childhood

– High School and University Years

– Participation in the War Fronts

– Marriage and Personal Life

– First Short Film

– Collaboration with Television

– Entry into Cinema

– Child and Soldier

– Under the Moonlight

– Here, A Shining Light

– So Close, So Far

– As Simple as That

– A Cube of Sugar

– Today

– Daughter

– Management of the House of Cinema

– Secretary of the Fajr International Film Festival

– What has cinema given you, and what have you given to cinema?

– Which film’s release and feedback made you feel proud?

– How does participating in international festivals impact the quality and quantity of your works?

– What is the key to your career longevity?

– The Impact of Censorship on Your Works

– Challenges During Filmmaking

– What does filmmaking mean to you?

– Influence of the External World on Idea Development

– Are the meanings and goals of your films clear from the start?

– The Role of Doubt in Your Characters

– What does “human” mean in your works?

– How influenced are you by social movements in filmmaking?

– How do you choose your subjects?

– Challenges During Filmmaking

– Who or what has influenced you the most in cinema?

– How do you deal with negative criticism?

– What do you learn from showcasing your works?

– The Role of the Audience in Your Works

– The World of Directing

– Similarities and Differences Between Three Generations of Iranian Filmmakers

– Cinema Education in Iran

– Imagination and Creativity in Cinema

– The Absence of Adaptation in Iranian Cinema

– The State of Film Criticism in Iran

– Recent Developments in Iranian Cinema

– Achievements of Iranian Films in International Festivals

– The Role of Government in Film Production

– Prospects of Iranian Cinema

– Relationship Between TV and Cinema

– The State of Film Criticism in Iran

– The Concept of Life and Death

– Difference and Balance Between Imaginary and Real Worlds

– How is your relationship with other art forms?

– Personal Evolution

– What influenced your social perspective and concerns?

 

Biography

Reza Mirkarimi was born on January 27, 1967 in Tehran where he graduated from the Fine Arts University in Graphic Arts. His Cinema activities started from 1987 with a short film named ‘For Him’ (16mm Camera) and with a series of shorts followed by two TV series aimed at young people. His 1999 first feature, The Child and The Soldier’, has won several national and international awards, including the ‘Golden Butterfly’ at the 1999 Isfahan International Children and Youth Film Festival, Iran and the ‘Montgolfiere d’Argent’ at the Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes, France in 2000, as well the “Golden Shoe” at the ‘Children and Teenagers Film Festival’ in Zelin, Croatia in 2001. ‘The Child and The Soldier’, was released in France in 2001. In 2000 his second feature ‘Under the Moonlight’, dealing with social and religious issues won the Best Feature Award at the 40th Critics’ Week at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Director’s Award as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo IFF in 2001, and the Golden Peacock Award at the International Film Festival of India. His fourth and fifth feature films,So Close So Far (2005) and As Simple as That (2007), won the Golden George Award for the Best Picture at the 30th and the 38th Moscow International Film Festival respectively. He also contributes to young Iranian directors by producing their films. He has produced Don’t be Tired in 2012 and Voice of Silence in 2013.His latest film, Castle of Dreams (2019), won big at the Shanghai International Film Festival, receiving three awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Mirkarimi has so far won seven Golden Simorgh awards at the Fajr Film Festival. Three of his films have been presented by Iran for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: ‘ So Close, So Far’, ‘A Cube of Sugar’ and ‘Today’. He has also sat on several international film festival juries, including Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), Tokyo International Elm Festival (Japan), Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia), Bogota International Film Festival (Colombia), Golden Apricot — Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia) and as jury president at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival. He has also served as managing director of KHANEH CINEMA (Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds). Reza Mirkarimi was director of Fajr International Film Festival from 2016 to 2019.

As a Director
For Him (1988) Short Film
A Rainy Day (1991) Short Film
The Rooster (1992) Short Film
The Adventures of Aftab and Mrs. Aziz (1993) TV Series
Hemmat School Kids (1995) TV Series
From Football to Football (1998) Documentary TV Series
The Champions of Wrestling (1999) Documentary TV Series
The Child And The Soldier (1999) Feature Film
Under The Moonlight (2001) Feature Film
Here, A Shining Light (2003) Feature Film
So Close So Far (2005) Feature Film
As Simple As That (2008) Feature Film
A Cube of Sugar (2011) Feature Film
Today (2014) Feature Film
Heroes (2011 – 2014) Animation Series
Daughter (2016) Feature Film
Hormoz, The Persian Hero (2017) Announced
Castel Of Dreams (2019) Feature Film
The Night Guardian (2022) Feature Film

As a Writer
For Him (1988) Short Film
From Football to Football (1998) Documentary TV Series
The Champions of Wrestling (1999) Documentary TV Series
The Child And The Soldier (1999) Feature Film
Under The Moonlight (2001) Feature Film
Here, A Shining Light (2003) Feature Film
So Close So Far (2005) Feature Film
As Simple As That (2008) Feature Film
Today (2014) Feature Film
The Night Guardian (2022) Feature Film

As a Producer
For Him (1988) Short Film
A Rainy Day (1991) Short Film
The Rooster (1992) Short Film
Hemmat School Kids (1995) TV Series
From Football to Football (1998) Documentary TV Series
The Champions of Wrestling (1999) Documentary TV Series
The Child And The Soldier (1999)
Here, A Shining Light (2003) Feature Film
So Close So Far (2005) Feature Film
Persian Carpet (2008) Feature Film
As Simple As That (2008) Feature Film
A Cube of Sugar (2011) Feature Film
Don’t Be Tired! (2013) Feature Film
Taj Mahal (2013) Feature Film
Hagh-e sokoot (2014) Feature Film
Today (2014) Feature Film
Daughter (2016) Feature Film
We Are All Together (2019) Feature Film
Castel Of Dreams (2019) Feature Film
The Night Guardian (2022) Feature Film
And over 20 Documentaries about Iranian cinema and artists

As a Editor
Here, A Shining Light (2003)
As Simple As That (2008)
Today (2014)
Castel Of Dreams (2019)
The Night Guardian (2022)

  • Birthday: January 27, 1967
  • Birthplace: Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Interview date: 03.12.2017 – 24.12.2017

Director, Screen Writer, Producer and Editor

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