Leila Hatami

Leila Hatami (Persian: لیلا حاتمی; born October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress. She is known for her work in Iranian cinema,[1] including her performance in the Academy Award-winning film A Separation (2011), for which she won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.[2]

Leila Hatami
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Hatami at the 35th Fajr Film Festival (2019)
Born (1972-10-01) 1 October 1972 (age 49)
Alma materÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Years active1984–present
Notable work
A Separation
Penniless
Leila
Subdued
Season Salad
Felicity Land
Spouse(s)
(m. 1998)
Children2
Parent(s)Ali Hatami (father)
Zari Khoshkam (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Hatami was born in Tehran. She is the daughter of influential Iranian director Ali Hatami and actress Zari Khoshkam. After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in Mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). After two years she changed her major to French literature.[3] After completing her studies, she returned to live in Iran.

CareerEdit

Hatami played several small roles in her father's productions throughout her youth, including in the Hezar Dastan television series and the Kamalolmolk movie. Her first leading film appearance was the title role in the 1997 film Leila, directed by Dariush Mehrjui. She received the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from the 15th Fajr Film Festival.[4] Following this, she continued to act regularly in Iranian cinema.

She has starred in dozens of films, and has often garnered critical acclaim and accolades. For her performance in The Deserted Station (2002), she was nominated for the Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress and she won the Best Actress Award at the 26th Montreal World Film Festival.[5]

She has appeared in her husband's films as a director, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005) and The Last Step (2012). She also designed the sets and the costumes of The Last Step and, in addition to receiving the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance, she received a nomination for the Crystal Simorgh Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Production Design and Costume Design for her work on the film.

In 2012, she received international attention for her role in the critical acclaimed Asghar Farhadi film, A Separation, which won dozens of accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[6] Her performance earned critical acclaim and various awards, including the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.[7] IndieWire praised her portrayal as one of the best female performances of the 21st century.[8]

 
Hatami (second from left) alongside her fellow jury members at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

In April 2014, she was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[9] Whilst there, she greeted Cannes President Gilles Jacob with a kiss on the cheek, which is a form of greeting in France.[10] Iran's Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi offered criticism of her for this:

"I hope that those who attend international arenas as Iranian women would be careful about the chastity and dignity of Iranians so that the image of the Iranian woman is not tainted before the world," he said. "If they respect Islamic norms and the national culture and beliefs of Iran, it would be a desirable thing for Iranian celebrities to go abroad, but if their presence lacks regard for social values and ethical criteria, the Iranian nation is not going to accept it."[10]

In May 2014, after receiving significant backlash for the kiss in Iran—including calls for her to be flogged—Hatimi later apologized for her actions in a letter.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

She married her co-star in Leila (Ali Mosaffa) in 1998. They have two children: a son named Mani (born February 2007) and a daughter named Asal (born October 2008).

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

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1984 Kamalolmolk Young Kamal-ol-Molk Ali Hatami
1992 The Love-stricken Leila Ali Hatami
1997 Leila Leila Dariush Mehrjui Fajr International Film Festival Honorary Diploma for Outstanding Performance by an Actress
Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actress
1998 Sheida Sheida Fatemi Kamal Tabrizi Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival for Best Actor
Nominated – Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actress
2000 The Mix Ms. Salimi Dariush Mehrjui
2001 Water and Fire Maryam Fereydoun Jeyrani Iran Cinema Celebration Winner Award for Best Actress
Sweet Jam Jalal's Mother Marzieh Boroomand
2002 The Deserted Station Mahtab Alireza Raeisian Montreal World Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Winner Award Cinema Haghighat for Best Actress
Low Heights Narges Ebrahim Hatamikia Nominated – Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actress
2005 Portrait of a Lady Far Away The Young Lady Ali Mosaffa
Season Salad Leila Fereydoun Jeyrani Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
The Command Foroozandeh Masoud Kimiai
Poet of the Wastes The Young Lady Mohammad Ahmadi
2007 Every Night, Loneliness Atiyeh Rasoul Sadrameli Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust Winner Award for Best Actress
2008 Penniless Shokouh Hamid Nematollah Winner Crystal Simorgh 27th Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress
Donyaye Tasvir Award for Best Actress
Shirin Woman In Audience Abbas Kiarostami
2009 Forty Years Old Negar Alireza Raeisian Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
A Walk in the Fog Roya Bahram Tavakkoli Nominated – Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress
2010 There Are Things You Don't Know Doctor Fardin Saheb Zamani Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 Beloved Sky The Lady Dariush Mehrjui
Felicity Land Yasi Maziar Miri International Film Festival of Kerala Winner Award for Best Actress
A Separation Simin Asghar Farhadi Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi)
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi)
Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Asian Film Awards Award for Best Actress
2012 The Last Step Leyli Ali Mosaffa Winner – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Production Design and Costume Design
Orange Suit Nahal Nahavandi Dariush Mehrjui Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Meeting Leila Leila Adel Yaraghi Noor Iranian Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actress
2013 The Sealed Secret Saba Hadi Moghadamdoost Nominated – Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress
2014 What's the Time in Your World? Goli Ebtehaj Safi Yazdanian
2015 Time to Love Bita Tamadon Alireza Raisian Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Me Azar Mirzaei Soheil Beiraqi
2017 Subdued Mina Hamid Nematollah Winner - Crystal Simorgh 27th Fajr International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Tale of The Sea Parvaneh Bahman Farmanara
Bomb: A Love Story Mitra Peyman Moaadi
2018 Pig Shiva Mohajer Mani Haghighi
We Are All Together Mrs. Mozhdehi Kamal Tabrizi
2019 A Man Without a Shadow Saye Tamadon Alireza Raeesian
2020 The Killer and The Wild Ziba Hamid Nematollah
2021 Herman Ali Behrad Post-production
TBA Oldboy Oktay Baraheni Filming

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Director Network
1987 Hezar Dastan Young Amine-aghdas Ali Hatami IRIB TV1
Mr. Hekayati Iraj Tahmasb IRIB TV1
1984 Guys Wake Up, Guys Be Alert Marzieh Boroumand
2000 The English Briefcase Mastaneh Pirayesh Seyyed Ziaeddin Dorri IRIB TV1
2007 Paridokht Paridokht Saman Moghadam IRIB TV2

Home videoEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2019 Blue Whale Anahita Kashef Fereydoun Jeyrani distributed by Filimo
TBA Women's Secret Network Afshin Hashemi Filming

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Terri Ginsberg; Chris Lippard (11 March 2010). Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema. Scarecrow Press. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7364-3.
  2. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Gold and Silver Bears for Iranian film as Berlinale closes | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW | 20 February 2011". DW.COM. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ Tom Vick (2007). Asian cinema: a field guide. Collins.
  4. ^ 15th Fajr Film Festival Awards Archived 29 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Fajr International Film Festival, Retrieved 25 June 2006.
  5. ^ Awards 2002 Archived 14 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine. World Film Festival, Retrieved 25 June 2006.
  6. ^ "Iran's Leila Hatami among Best Actresses of 21st Century". IFPNews. 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Gold and Silver Bears for Iranian film as Berlinale closes | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW | 20 February 2011". DW.COM. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Iran's Leila Hatami among Best Actresses of 21st Century". IFP News. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "The Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  10. ^ a b Cannes 2014: Iran Criticises Leila Hatami for Kissing Film Festival President. Ibtimes.co.uk (19 May 2014). Retrieved on 16 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Iranian actress Leila Hatami apologises for kissing Cannes president on the cheek". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Leila Hatami: Student group calls for Iranian actress to be flogged following Cannes Film Festival kiss". Independent. 24 May 2013.

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