Widely recognised as one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, Banietemad directed her first feature film Off Limits in 1987. With 1991’s Nargess she became the first woman to be awarded Best Director at Tehran’s Fajr International Film Festival. In 1995, she won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for The Blue Veiled. Her next film, Under the Skin of the City, was the highest grossing film in 2000 in Iran. Gilaneh (2005) was selected for more than 49 festivals including Tribeca, Toronto, and Pusan. Mainline (2006) also won numerous domestic awards and international awards, including the APSA for Achievement in Directing in 2007. In 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from London University and in 2010 she was awarded the Prix Henri Langlois from the Vincennes International Film Festival.

Accolades

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Achievement in Directing, 2007

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab

Mainline (Khoonbazi)
Achievement in Directing, 2007

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab

Mainline (Khoonbazi)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2007 Rakhshan Banietemad is one of Iran’s leading female contemporary filmmakers. Her work is marked by a strong social and political consciousness…

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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Jury Grand Prize, 2014

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Tales (Ghesseha)
Jury Grand Prize, 2014

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Tales (Ghesseha)

Widely recognized as one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, Banietemad directed her first feature film Off Limits in 1987. With 1991’s Nargess she became the first…

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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Achievement in Directing, 2014

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Tales (Ghesseha)
Achievement in Directing, 2014

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Tales (Ghesseha)

Widely recognized as one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, Banietemad directed her first feature film Off Limits in 1987. With 1991’s Nargess she became the first…

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Films

Mainline
2007

Mainline (Khoonbazi)

Islamic Republic of Iran
2007

Mainline (Khoonbazi)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2007 Less than excited to see the video her fiance sent from Toronto, where he’s temporarily based before he returns home to…

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Tales
2014

Tales (Ghesseha)

Islamic Republic of Iran
2014

Tales (Ghesseha)

Tales is a series of seven loosely-connected vignettes about different people dealing with their everyday problems in modern day Iran. Directed and co-written by Iran’s…

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