Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani in five feature films

Golshifteh Farahani is a Paris-based Iranian actress, defender of woman rights in the Muslim world and winner of numerous international awards for Best Actress. Her latest film, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2016 – USA), in which she co-starred opposite Adam Driver, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in theatres in October this year.

Here is our list of the top five of Farahani’s previous films:

My Sweet Pepper Land by Hiner Saleem (2013 - France, Germany)

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My Sweet Pepperland is a story about Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, who is now chief of police in a small valley Iraqi Kurdistan, on the border with Turkey and Iran – a lawless and criminal territory. Farahani plays an unmarried schoolteacher helping a group of girls fighting for women’s freedom hide out in the hills. The drama premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2013 and took part in numerous festivals such as Abu Dhabi, Cabourg and Chicago, with Farahani receiving an Award for Outstanding Performance at the Stony Brook Film Festival in 2014. Kurdish cinema has found its voice with astonishing directors such as Hiner Saleem, and My Sweet Pepperland is a must-see for all cinema lovers.

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi (2012 - Afghanistan, France, Germany, UK)

The Patience Stone, a feature adapted from a novel that won the Goncourt (France’s biggest literary prize) in 2008, is a portrait of a war-ridden country and a woman who watches over her handicapped husband, who was abandoned by his Jihadist companions. Farahani plays a wife who gathers the courage to confront her husband, finding the freedom to speak her mind and rediscover love, desire and self-respect. Farahani won Best Actress Awards at the Abu Dhabi and Gijón film festivals in 2012 for this role. 

About Elly by Asghar Farhadi (2009 - Iran, France)

About Elly is a film by Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi, representing a subtle critique on political and cultural life in Iran. It follows the mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher, leading to series of revelations and misadventures for her fellow travellers that threaten everything they cherish, putting friendships and marriages under pressure. For About Elly, Farhadi won a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale in 2009.

Go Home by Jihane Chouaib (2015 - France, Switzerland, Belgium)

Go Home is a debut film with an autobiographical touch by Lebanese director Jihane Chouaib. The film follows a woman (played by Golshifteh Farahani) in search of truth, justice and herself as she goes back home to Lebanon, only to found out she is a foreigner in her own country. The only place she can call home is an abandoned house, where she is haunted by the presence of her grandfather who disappeared during the civil war. A mysterious story, in which a young woman cannot let go of the past, getting caught in her own painful memories, that was screened at the Busan and Dubai film festivals in 2015.

Two Friends by Louis Garrel (2015 - France)

Louis Garrel’s debut film, Two Friends, is a romantic drama that puts the power of friendship to the test, in which Clément (Vincent Macaigne) and Abel (Louis Garrel) fall in love with the same woman: Mona (Farahani). What they do not know is that she has to return behind bars every night after work. This touching love story about betrayal, love and illusion premiered in Cannes’ 2015 Critics’ Week.

23 September 2016, by Cineuropa