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Samira Makhmalbaf

Samira Makhmalbaf is an Iranian filmmaker, the daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the famous film director and writer.

At the age of seven, she acted in Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film The Cyclist. She left high school when she was 14, to learn cinema in the Makhmalbaf Film House for 5 years. At the age of 17, after directing two video productions, she went on to direct the movie The Apple. One year later, the 18 year old director went on to become the youngest director in the world participating in the official section of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. The Apple has been invited to more than 100 international film festivals in a period of two years, while going to the screen in more than 30 countries.

In 1999, Samira made her second feature film, entitled The Blackboard and for the second time participated in the competition section of the Cannes Film Festival as the youngest director in the world, in 2000, this time winning the jury's prize.

Samira also directed a movie while living in Kabul called At Five in the Afternoon.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Samira Makhmalbaf Facts

BirthdayFebruary 15, 1980 (43)
BirthplaceTeheran, Iran

Selected Filmography

September 11
The Apple
Iran Filmleri Ozel
El Caballo De Dos Piernas
alle cinque della sera dvd Italian Import
At Five in the Afternoon
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