For the occasion of Cinema's Centennial, an Iranian film director (Makhmalbaf himself) has run an advertisement in newspapers to select hundred people through the audition to play in his film which only some of them will have the main parts. Quite a crowd showed up and the distribution of 1000 registration form seemed much less than the number of people. To reach their dream to become a star, they were left with injuries through pushing one another to lay their hands on these limited number of forms. Audition is being started and everyone tries his best to perceive his feelings about cinema.
(Teheran, Iran, 1957) formed an Islamic militia group since he was 15 and by the time he was 17, he was arrested and he was released from prison shortly after the revolution in 1979. In jail he distances himself from politics and find better satisfaction in literature and in cinema. Makhmalbaf became a writer and filmmaker in the early 1980s. He published several books and he wrote, directed, edited and mainly produced more the 20 feature films and several short films, both fiction and documentary, as well as writing screenplays and editing films for various other Iranian filmmakers. His films attended international film festivals and earned lots of awards from them. His most famous works include A Moment of Innocence (1995) and The Silence (1997), and in 2000s Journey to Kandahar (2001), and The President (2014), which opened Orizzonti section in Venice Film Festival. In 2019 he dis shoot in Italiy Marghe and Her Mother, as part of the celebrations for the event “Matera's European Capital of Culture.”
Tobeh Nosuh (1982), Este’aze (Fleeing from Evil to God, 1984), Baykot (Boycott, 1985), Dastfourush (L’ambulante, 1986), Baysikelran (Il ciclista, 1987), Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood (1990), Nobat e Asheghi (Tempo d’amare, 1990), Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (Once upon a Time, Cinema 1991), Honarpisheh (Actor, 1992), Images from the Ghajar Dynasty (doc, cm, 1993), Salaam Cinema (id., doc, 1994), Gabbeh (1995), Nun va Goldoon (Pane e fiore, 1995), Sokout (Il silenzio, 1997), Madresei keh baad bord (cm, 1998), Ghessé hayé kish (ep. The Door, 1999), Tales of an Island (ep. Testing Democracy, 2000), Alefbay-e afghan (Afghan Alphabet, doc, mm, 2002), Safar e Ghandehar (Viaggio a Kandahar, 2001), The Chair (cm, 2005), Sex o phalsapheh (Sesso e filosofia, 2005), Faryad moorcheha (Viaggio in India, 2006), The Man Who Came with the Snow (coregia Marzieh Makhmalbaf, 2009), The Gardener (doc, 2012), Ongoing Smile (doc, mm, 2013), The President (2014), Tenant (cm, 2015), Marghe and Her Mother (2019).
"Like Heidegger, I believe that human nature is never revealed in normal human relationships and the behaviour of the individual, showing its true nature only in two situations: Love and Death."