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The President (2014 film)

The President (Persian: پرزیدنت) is a film by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf following the themes of his previous film The Gardener. The President had its World Premier at Venice Film Festival in 2014, opening the festival together with Birdman.[1]

The President
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Produced by
  • Vladimer Katcharava
  • Mike Downey
  • Sam Taylor
  • Maysam Makhmalbaf
Written by
  • Misha Gomiashvili
  • Dachi Orvelashvili
CinematographyKonstantin Mindia Esadze
Edited by
Release date
  • 15 October 2014 (2014-10-15) (United States)
Running time
119 minutes
  • Georgia
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany


A revolution is happening in a country with a dictatorial president. The president sends his family abroad but his grandson wants to stay with his grandfather. In order to save their lives they run away and the president uses a wig and a guitar to disguise himself as a gypsy. They want to reach the sea so they can go to another country by boat. They must experience poverty and hunger during their journey, and see the effects of the dictatorship on the country.[2]

The inspiration for the film came when Makhmalbaf visited the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul. The Arab Spring revolutions were also inspirations.[3]


  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2014
  • Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon, 2014
  • Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • London Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2014
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 2014
  • Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival, Japan, 2014
  • International Film Festival Of India ( Goa), India, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Carthage International Film Festival, Tunnis, 2014
  • Tertio Millennio Film Festival, Italy, 2014 (Opening film)

Cast and crewEdit

Producers: Maysam MAKHMALBAF, Mike DOWNEY, Sam TAYLOR, Vladimer KATCHARAVA


  • Golden Hugo for the best film from Chicago International Film Festival, United States, 2014
  • Audience Award for the Best Film from the 15th TOKYO FILMeX International Film Festival, Japan, 2014
  • Société Générale Award for Best Feature Film by the audience vote from the 14th Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon, 2014


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  2. ^ BEN KENIGSBERG (2 June 2016). "Review: 'The President,' a Sweeping Tale Inspired by the Arab Spring". New York Times.
  3. ^ Mark Schilling (7 October 2014). "BUSAN: Iranian Director Makhmalbaf Assesses His 'President'". Variety.

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