Bahman Farmanara was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1942. The only child of five to not enter the family textile business, he instead chose to study in the United States, graduating from University of Southern California. His first role as director came with The House of Ghamar Khanum (1972) before he took on the job of writer, director and producer of Prince Ehtejab (1974). After producing Abbas Kiarostami’s first work, The Report (1977) and other films by significant Iranian directors, Farmanara moved to Canada when his film The Tall Shadows of the Wind (1977) was banned despite screening at the Cannes Film Festival. He also worked in America, helping bring Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Stephen Frears’ The Grifters (1990) to the big screen. Returning to Iran in 1991, he endured a ten-year ban from filmmaking. Tale of the Sea, which he also directed, wrote and produced, is just his third performance in a distinguished career spanning close to 50 years.

Accolades

Bahman Farmanara
Best Actor, 2018

Bahman Farmanara

Best Actor, 2018

Bahman Farmanara

Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya)

Bahman Farmanara was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1942. The only child of five to not enter the family textile business, his first role as…

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Films

Tale of the Sea
2018

Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya)

Islamic Republic of Iran
2018

Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya)

Taher Mohebi is a well-known writer who, after witnessing a violent murder, breaks down and spends three years in a mental institution. After release he…

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