Following on with the introduction of top Iranian films, we are going to introduce the top five Iranian films from the standpoint of imdb users .
Close-Up is a 1990 Iranian docufiction written, directed and edited by Abbas Kiarostami. The film tells the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, conning a family into believing they would star in his new film. It features the people involved, acting as themselves. A film about human identity, it helped to increase recognition of Kiarostami in the West. Many critics consider Close-Up a masterpiece of world cinema; in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll, it was voted by critics onto “The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time” list.
A Separation won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award. It received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, making it the first non-English film in five years to achieve this.
3. The Lizard
Reza Mesghaly, known as Reza the Lizard, is a thief known in criminal circles for his ability to bare-handedly climb all walls (from which he derives his name, “the Lizard”, or “Marmoulak” in Persian). At the very beginning of the film, he is arrested and charged with armed robbery, a crime that is revealed near the ending of the film, he did not commit. Nonetheless, he is sentenced to life in prison, and is met at the jailhouse by a strict warden, who says that his intention is to “make a person out of prisoners”; thus they will be led into heaven; “by force,” if necessary.
The first option was Mohammad Ibrahim Ezzatollah Entezami. Police also went through the Grimm test, but that role eventually came to Mohammad Ali Keshavarz. The film is composed by Arsalan Kamkar and performed with Kamkar group. Rokhieh Azad and Akbar Abdi received Best Supporting Actress Crystal for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively and Abdullah Eskandari for Best Actress. Akram Mohammadi, Farimah Farjami and Mohammad Ali Keshavarz were also nominated for Fajr festival. At the time of the death of Ruqieh Azad, the newspapers captioned Gholamreza’s (Akbar Abdi) role in the film: “Mother of Man. Enough to die for »
Hezar Dastan is a 1987 popular and critically acclaimed epic historical drama television series in Iran, developed and directed by Ali Hatami. Hezar Dastan is considered one of the most important and most influential works of art in the history of Iranian Broadcasting. The show’s story, characters, acting, atmosphere and music were highly acclaimed by critics and fellow directors of the time, and the influence of the show’s themes and story can be seen in Iranian Pop Culture as well as many works of art coming in later years.
The production of the show took almost 8 years, starting in 1979 and ending in 1987, during which Hatami established a large set to represent Tehran in both Qajar dynasty and World War II; retroactively creating Iran’s first movie studio and backlot (named Ghazali Cinema Town). The show was the ground for many controversies in terms of censorship and changes in the story. In 2006, Hezar Dastan was voted by the Association of Iranian movies and TV critics as the best Iranian TV series ever made.