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Golshifteh Farahani Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Tehran, Iran
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Golshifteh started her acting career in theater at the age of 6 and has always kept a strong link with theater, but it was at the age of 14 that she acted in her first film The Pear Tree (1998), for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film festival, immediately making her one of the stars of Iranian cinema. Since then she has played in more than 15 films, many of which have been screened or awarded at international festivals. Amongst her latest films are Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (2006) (winner of the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián film festival 2006), Dariush Mehrjui's controversial The Music Man (2007), still banned in Iran, and the late Rasool Mollagholi Poor's M for Mother (2006), which after a huge success in Iran was chosen to represent Iran for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2008. After playing in Body of Lies (2008) by Ridley Scott, Golshifteh became the first Iranian star to act in a major Hollywood production. Subsequently she was banned from leaving her country. Her last film in Iran Darbareye Elly (2009) won a Silver Bear in Berlin and the Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca (2009). Golshifteh graduated from music school, she sings and plays the piano amongst other instruments. She is also fluent in French and English and lives in Paris now.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: daftar

Family (3)

Spouse Louis Garrel (2012 - 2014)  (divorced)
Amin Mahdavi (2003 - 2011)  (divorced)
Parents Behzad Farahani
Fahimeh Rahimnia
Relatives Shaghayegh Farahani (sibling)

Trivia (12)

Her underground rock band "Kooch" got the first prize at the 2nd Tehran Avenue Underground Rock Festival in 2003. Rock music and women singing are banned in Iran.
First lead role at 14.
Fluent in English, French, and Farsi. Some knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish.
The name "Golshifteh" was not accepted by the authorities as a proper name, so the name "Rahavard" was chosen as an "official" first name for her.
First Iranian star after the 1979 revolution to play in a major Hollywood production: Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (2008) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
After playing in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (2008), she was banned from leaving her home country Iran in February 2008 on her way to London to make a screen test for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010). The role she was set to audition for eventually went to English actress Gemma Arterton. This was only reported six months later when she actually could leave the country. She now lives in Paris, France.
In The Music Man (2007), Golshifteh plays the piano herself.
Member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival in 2010.
As of 2009, was living in Paris, France.
Confirmed she's been married to an Australian since May 2015.

Personal Quotes (18)

I think there is a problem in France that anyone who is not European, you want to know where they come from and why do they come from somewhere or why they speak English or why they are human. That's the big barrier for all of us that are coming from some far, far away countries. But at the end of the day, we are all artists.
I have scars from every film I have made. There is nothing to protect actors. They treat you worse than a dog. You work like a slave, and you know, I like it. That is the way it should be. Every film should be like your last.
Exile is my power.
The Iran I'm dreaming of maybe doesn't exist anymore.
I had to tell people I was not born with a scarf because I came out of Iran. People think you came out of your mother with a scarf; they can't imagine that the scarf is not stuck to your head.
Independent cinema is more thoughtful, delicate. While Western blockbusters can have their own kind of delicateness, it's not delicate enough. You have to be ready to compromise to enter that field. I will do so only if it's worth it.
For me, Iran was paradise, and I believe it's a paradise still, but only if you don't have political problems. If you have a political problem, paradise turns into hell.
In my life, my parents wanted me to be a musician, I was supposed to go to Vienna to study piano. But this train wanted to go in another direction.
The subjects that I am working are movies that say something. They are shouting or criticising something. I would hate to play a princess waiting for the prince to come and give her a kiss.
I was born into an artistic family, and they understood me. But they were really worried, because some of the stuff I did was dangerous. If I'd been caught without the veil with a shaved head, I don't know what would have happened.
Exile is like death. You cannot understand it until it happens to you.
There's an expression in Persian, "Tto play with the lion's tail". I wasn't what Iranian society wanted me to be--a good girl. I played with the lion's tail.
If you want to do what you want to do, you cannot work. So art is going to be finished, and this is the will of the Islamic republic: to not have any artists or art and close the doors of all the cinemas and music and everything.
Paris is a city that liberates you as a woman from all your sins that you think you are guilty of; it washes away all of that, and you are free.
I don't regret anything and what I have done in my period of my life. Everything happens for a reason, and that's why I am here.
Iranian parents can't stop their children. They're just wild--they want to party, they want their rights, they want to paint, they want to dance. No one can stop these new generations coming. That's why Iran has to open up: it's like a pot full of hot water, vapor and steam.
I'm coming out of the belly of Iran. It was the only place I was free. It's funny--when I say that, everyone is like, "What? Freedom?". But the freedom I felt in Iran I've never felt anywhere else. Freedom of mind, freedom of time, of spirit. But after a while, you're so wounded that if you continue thinking about Iran, it will kill you.
I don't believe I could live in Iran again. A tree, once uprooted from the earth, is very difficult to plant again.

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