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Leila Hatami

03/14/15

Leila Hatami (born on October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress.

 

 

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She is the daughter of director Ali Hatami and actress Zari Khoshkam, and is married to actor Ali Mosaffa.

 

 

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Biography

 

 

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After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in electrical engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

 

 

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After two years she changed her major to French literature.

 

 

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She completed her study of French in a couple of years, before moving back to Iran.

 

 

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Beside her native Persian language she is fluent in French, English and German.

 

 

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After a pause of a few years which included the continuation of her studies in Switzerland, she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui’s film Leila.

 

 

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Her acting in this film received rave reviews from critics and audiences.

 

 

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She married her co-star in Leila (Ali Mosaffa) in 1999. They have two children: a son named Mani (born on February 2007) and a daughter named Asal (born on October 2008).

 

 

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Career

 

 

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She had a few short appearances during her childhood which included roles in Hezar Dastan TV series and the Kamalolmolk movie, as well as a role in 1991 as a blind Turkish princess in Delshodegan.

 

 

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Having appeared in bit parts in some of her father’s movies, Leila Hatami’s first lead film appearance was the title role in the 1996 film Leila, directed by Dariush Mehrjui.

 

 

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She received the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from 15th Fajr Film Festival.

 

 

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Her role in The Deserted Station (2002) won the best actress award from 26th Montreal World Film Festival.

 

 

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She has appeared in her husband’s films as a director, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (Ali Mosaffa- 2005) and The Last Step (Ali Mosaffa- 2012).

 

 

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She also designed the sets and the costumes of The Last Step and received a nomination at the Fajr Film Festival for best production design and costume design.

 

 

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In 2012 A Separation won the Academy Award for best foreign film in which Leila Hatami played the leading female role.

 

 

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In April 2014, she was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

 

 

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Filmography

 

 

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‘Kamalolmolk’ directed by Ali Hatami (1984), ‘The Love Stricken’ directed by Ali Hatami (1992), ‘Leila’ directed by Dariush Mehrjui (1996), ‘Sheida’ directed by Kamal Tabrizi (1998), ‘The Mix’ directed by Dariush Mehrjui (2000), ‘The English Bag’ directed by Seyed Ziaeddin Dorri (TV Series 2000), ‘Water and Fire’ directed by Fereydoun Jeyrani (2001),

 

 

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‘The Sweet Jam’ directed by Marzieh Boroomand (2001), ‘Low Heights’ directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia (2002), ‘The Deserted Station’ directed by Alireza Raeisian (2002), ‘Portrait of a Lady Far Away’ directed by Ali Mosaffa (2005), ‘Salad of the Season’ directed by Fereydoun Jeyrani (2005),

 

 

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‘Hokm’ directed by Masoud Kimiai (2005), ‘Poet of the Wastes’ directed by Mohammad Ahmadi (2005), ‘Every Night Loneliness’ directed by Rasoul Sadrameli (2007), ‘Paridokht’ directed by Saman Moghaddam (TV Series 2007-2008), ‘Pennilessness’ directed by Hamid Nematollah (2008), ‘Shirin’ directed by Abbas Kiarostami (2008), ‘40 Years Old’ directed by Alireza Raeisian (2009), ‘Roaming in the Mist’ directed by Bahram Tavakkoli (2009),

 

 

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‘There Are Things You Don’t Know’ directed by Fardin Saheb Zamani (2010), ‘Lovely Sky’ directed by Dariush Mehrjui (2011), ‘A Separation’ directed by Asghar Farhadi (2011), ‘Felicity Land’ directed by Maziar Miri (2011),

 

 

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‘Meeting Leila’ directed by Adel Yaraghi (2012), ‘The Last Step’ directed by Ali Mosaffa (2012), ‘Orange Suit’ directed by Dariush Mehrjui (2012), ‘Sealed Secret’ directed by Hadi Moghadamdoost (2013), ‘What’s the Time in Your World?’ directed by Safi Yazdanian (2014).

 

 

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Awards

 

 

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‘Leila’ – (Fajr International Film Festival Honorary Diploma for Outstanding Performance by an Actor Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actress), ‘Sheida’ – (Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival for Best Actor, Nominated – Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actor), ‘The English Bag’ – (Sima Festival Winner Award for Best Actress in TV Series), ‘Water and Fire’ – (Iran Cinema Celebration Winner Award for Best Actor), ‘Low Heights’ – (Nominated – Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actor),

 

 

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‘The Deserted Station’ – (Montreal World Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Winner Award Cinema Haghighat for Best Actor), ‘Salad of the Season’ – (Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor), ‘Every Night Loneliness’ – (Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust Winner Award for Best Actor), ‘Pennilessness’ – (Winner Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actor, Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actor),

 

 

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‘40 Years Old’ – (Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor), ‘Roaming in the Mist’ – (Nominated – Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actor), ‘There Are Things You Don’t Know’ – (Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor),

 

 

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‘A Separation’ – (Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actor with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi, Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Actor also with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi, Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Asian Film Awards Award for Best Actor), ‘Felicity Land’ – (International Film Festival of Kerala Winner Award for Best Actor),

 

 

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‘Meeting Leila’ – (Noor Iranian Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actor), ‘The Last Step’ – (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actor, Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Production Design and Costume Design), ‘Orange Suit’ – (Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor), ‘Sealed Secret’ – (Nominated – Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actor).
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