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Portrait of Iranian cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari

Read on to know more about Iranian cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari.

Mahmoud Kalari is an accomplished Iranian cinematographer, screenwriter, film director, and photographer, whose talent has graced the film industry with unparalleled artistry.

After completing photography courses in the US, Kalari held his first photo exhibition titled ‘Visit with People Around Us’ at Tehran University in 1976.

Time Magazine recognized him as one of the '15 Best Photographers of the Year' in 1980, with his photos featured in French, German, and American magazines.

Returning to Iran in 1982, Kalari served as the supervisor of the Tehran National TV Photography Unit until 1984.

He entered the film industry in 1984 as the cinematographer for 'Frosty Roads', winning the Best Cinematography award at the Fajr International Film Festival.

Over the years, he has contributed to more than 65 films, receiving acclaim both in Iran and the world.

The most notable films in his extensive portfolio are 'Reyhaneh' (1995), 'Time of Love' (1990), 'From Karkheh to Rein' (1990), 'Sara' (1992), 'Salaam Cinema' (1995), 'Gabbeh' (1996), 'Leila' (1997), ‘Fake Tree' (1998), 'The Wind Will Carry Us' (1999), and 'Offside' (2006), each making waves at various international film festivals.

Kalari made his directorial debut with 'Cloud and the Rising Sun' (1997), a film that he also served as the writer and cinematographer, winning the Best Film award at Argentina's Mardel Plata Film Festival.

As a director, he has also made captivating films such as 'Dream Dance' and 'Summer Time'.

His work in 'Summer Time' garnered multiple awards at the 42nd Fajr International Film Festival, including Crystal Simorgh for best set design, best costume, best cinematography, and a special jury award.

His contributions were recognized on the global stage when he earned the best cinematography award for 'Daddy Aziz' (2005) at the Tatarstan International Muslim Film Festival and a Silver Frog for his work on the Oscar-winning film 'A Separation' (2011) at the Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in 2011.

Kalari's impact extends beyond cinematography, with his taking part in the Poland Film Festival in 1999 and 2000 as a jury panelist.

Additionally, a gallery featuring his photos from the Iranian Revolution in 1979 was opened to the public, accompanied by a published photo book capturing the historical event.

iFilm English TV wishes Mahmoud Kalari a heartfelt celebration of a long and prosperous life filled with continued success and joy.

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