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Ali Hatami

The Master of Iranian National Cinema

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Film Producer, Director, Screen Writer, Actor

Ali Hatami was born in Tehran in 1944. Died on Dec. 5, 1996. Full name: Abbas Ali Hatami. Graduated from the college of Dramatic Arts. Began his professional career as writer of short TV screenplays and also as playwright. Among his plays are: The Demon and the Bald Hassan, Adam and Eve, The Fisherman"s Story, City of Oranges, Talisman and Silk. Began his film career in 1970 by writing and directing The Bald Hassan. In subsequent years he developed a personal filmmaking style that was characterised by melodious dialogues, traditional Iranian ambiance created through architecture and set design. His last film, World Champion Takhti, remained unfinished because of the director"s death. He died of cancer at 48. 

He was married to Zari Khoshkam (a famous actress) and Leila Hatami who"s a famous actress (played in "Leila") is their daughter.

Feature Films (Hatami wrote all his film scripts)

Jangal (The Forest) TV Series - Writer, Actor - 1968

A Friday Night"s Love Story - Writer - 1969

The City of Sun + Moon - Writer - 1969

Hasan Kachal (Bald Hassan) - 1970 (winner of best screenplay prize at the First Festival of the Iranian Films organised by the Ministry of Art and Culture)

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Toughi (The Ring-necked Dove) (also set and costume designer) - 1970

Baba Shamal (Musical) - 1971

Khastegar (Suitor) - 1972

Sattar Khan - 1972

Ghalandar - 1972

Dastanhaie Masnawi Maanawi (The Stories of Molavi) (TV Series) - 1975

Sultan-e Sahebgharan (TV Series) - 1976

Suteh Delan (Broken Hearts) (also set and costume designer) - 1978

Hezardastan (TV Series) - 1979-99

Haji Washington - 1982 (also co-producer, writer of text for trailer released in 1998)

Kamal-ol Molk - 1984 (also set and costume designer; winner of prize of best Actor: Jamshid Mashayekhi at the third Fajr Film Festival)

Jafar Khan Returns from Europe - 1984-87 (also set and costume designer; winner of the Crystal Simorgh prizes of Best Make-up, Best Actress: Roqaye Chehre Azad, Best Supporting Actor: Akbar Abdi at the Eighth Fajr Film Festival)

Madar (Mother)- 1986

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Delshodegan (The Love Striken) - 1991 (also set and costume designer, producer)

Komiteye Mojazat (Punishment Comittee) - 1996

Takhti, the World Champion - 1996 (project remained unfinished with Hatami"s death)

Tehran-e Roozegar-e No (Modern Times in Tehran)- 2000 (It has been edited from the T.V. series "Hezardastan")

Pic 2: master Ali Hatami in "Mother"

Pic 3: master Ali Hatami in the last months of his life. 

Source: iranchamber

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