Bahman Farmanara

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بهمن فرمان آرا
Bahman Farmanara
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Bahman Farmanara in 2010
Born (1942-01-23) January 23, 1942 (age 78)
Isfahan, Iran
Occupation Film director, Screenwriter
Years active 1968–2013
Spouse(s) Unmarried

Bahman Farmanara (Persian: بهمن فرمان‌آرا ‎‎, born 23 January 1942 in Isfahan) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Bahman Farmanara is the second son in a family of four brothers and one sister. The family business was Textile and he was the only son who did not join the business and went off to United Kingdom and later on to United States to study acting and directing. He graduated from University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema in 1966. After returning to Iran and doing military service, he joined the National Iranian Radio and Television.


He produced some major films, including Abbas Kiarostami's first feature, The Report (1977), Bahram Bayzai's ''The Crow (1977 film)|The Crow' (1977), Khosrow Haritash's Divine One (1976), Mohammad-Reza Aslanis Wind and Chess (1976) and Valerio Zurlini's 'Desert of the Tartars (film)|Desert of the Tartars' (1977 co-production with Italy and France).

Farmanara moved to France and then to Canada in 1980, establishing a distribution company and a film festival for children and young adults in Vancouver. He returned to Iran in the mid-1980s.[1] He made and starred in Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (film) in 2000, which won several prizes from the International Fajr Film Festival, including The Best Film and The Best Director awards.


On May 10th, 2013 Farmanara signed up as a candidature to run for the office of president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Selected filmography



  • The Desert of The Tartars By Valerio Zurlini, 1976
  • The Divine One (Malakout) By Khosrow Haritash, 1976
  • The Chess Game (Shatranj Baad) By M.R.Aslani, 1976
  • The Crow (Kalagh) By Bahram Beyzaii, 1977
  • The Report (Gozaresh) By Abbas Kiarostami, 1977
  • The Night Never Ends (Dar Emtedad Shab) By Parviz Sayad, 1978
  • Tall Shadows Of The wind (Saye Haye Bolnd-e Baad), 1978
  • Leolo By Jean Claude Lauzon, 1990
  • A House Built On Water (Khaneii Rooye Aab), 2002


  • Prince Ehtejab Co-Writer With Houshang Golshiri Based On Golshiri's Novel By The Same Name, 1974
  • Tall Shadows of The Wind Co-Writer With Houshang Golshiri Based on His short story "The First Innocent", 1979
  • Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine Original Script, 2000
  • A House Built On Water Original Script, 2002
  • A Little Kiss, 2005
  • A Passage To Darkness Original script

Documentary films

  • Norouz Va Khaviar, 1969
  • Tehran-e- No va Kohneh, 1970


  • From 1968 to 1971 Over 150 Weekly Programs On Current Cinema As Producer and Anchor


Farmanara (third from left) meeting with Empress Farah Pahlavi

Grand Prix For Best Film In 3rd Tehran International Film Festival 1976.


8 Awards at Fajr International Film Festival, Including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Supporting Actress Best Art Direction, Best Make Up, Special Jury Prize For Best Film Montreal International Film Festival 2000. Golden Tulip Grand Prix As Best Film at Istanbul International Film Festival 2001.


Winner Of 5 Awards at Fajr International Film Festival, Including Best Film,Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Art Direction.


  1. Dabashi, Hamid (2001). Close Up: Iranian Cinema Past, Present and Future. New York: Verso. p. 112. ISBN 1-85984-332-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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