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Iranian film director. Apart from film he also studied engineering. From 1990 to 1998 he worked in Iran as a film critic, screenwriter and producer. During that period he made ten successful documentaries, among them Teheran Has No More Pomegranates. His short film Bagh dad bar ber was selected for Locarno and awarded at Tampere. His latest film, A Respectable Family, which will be screened at KVIFF this year, was premiered during Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight 2012 and was nominated for a Camera d’Or for Best Debut.
Director of Acquisitions at Visit Films, an international sales company representing the best in world cinema for distribution. Prior to joining Visit Films in 2009, she served as a programmer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, curating a variety of programmes and live cinema events. Films she acquired for Visit Films include Teddy Bear, which was well-received at Sundance and will be screened in Karlovy Vary, or the 3D documentary by Werner Herzog Cave of Forgotten Dreams. She also has a Master’s degree in European Film Studies.
Programmer at Czech Television’s Centre for Acquisitions. Having gained an economics degree he was then involved in commercial transactions for Czechoslovak Filmexport. At the beginning of the 1990s he was Prague correspondent for the film magazine Variety. He has worked for several distribution companies and now, alongside his work in acquisitions for Czech TV, he is involved in film history and publicist work as well. He also lectures at events organised by the Association of Czech Film Clubs and other organisations.
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