Ali Hatami (Persian: علی حاتمی, August 14, 1944 – December 7, 1996) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, art director, and costume designer. The Tehran Times dubbed him "the Hafez of Iranian cinema due to the poetic ambiance of his movies."
Hatami with his wife, Zari Khoshkam, in 1972
14 August 1944
|Died||7 December 1996 (aged 52)|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, art director, costume designer|
|Spouse(s)||Zari Khoshkam (1971–1996, his death)|
|Children||Leila (b. 1972)|
Hatami graduated from the College of Dramatic Arts in Iran and subsequently began his professional career as a writer.
He made his feature film directorial debut with Hasan Kachal (Hasan the Bald) in 1970, which was the first Iranian musical film. He wrote and directed several films that focused on Iranian culture, including Hajji Washington (1982), Kamalolmolk (1984), and Love Stricken (1992). The Tehran Times dubbed him "the Hafez of Iranian cinema due to the poetic ambiance of his movies."
Hatami was also known for directing television series; he established a small production village—the Ghazali Cinema Town—to function as a set for historical productions, which he ultimately used to produce the popular television series Hezar Dastan (1978 to 1987). In 2006, Hezar Dastan was voted by the Association of Iranian Film and Television Critics as the best Iranian television series ever made.
Although his films did not attract international attention, the Iranian audience praised him. He often worked as the art director and costume designer of his own films.
- Hasan Kachal (1970)
- Wood Pigeon (Toghi) (1970)
- Baba Shamal (1971)
- Sattar Khan (1972)
- Ghalandar (1972)
- Khastegar (1972)
- Sooteh-Delan (1978)
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- McElroy, Damien (2014-05-22). "Iranian actress Leila Hatami faces public flogging". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
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