|Who is it?||Writer, Editor, Director|
|Birth Day||May 29, 1957|
|Birth Place||Tehran, Iran, Iran|
|Age||63 YEARS OLD|
|Political party||Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization (1979–1980s)|
|Spouse(s)||Fatemeh Meshkini (1978–1982) Marzieh Meshkini (1987–present)|
|Children||Samira (b. 1980) Meysam (b. 1981) Hana (b. 1988)|
|Awards||Freedom to Create Prize Federico Fellini Honour|
Makhmalbaf was born in Tehran on May 29, 1957. At the age of 15, he became involved in a militant group fighting against the rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Iran, and at the age of 17 he was imprisoned for stabbing a policeman and sentenced to death. After serving five years of his sentence, he was released in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. He left Iran in 2005.
In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for Towjeeh, directed by Manuchehr Haghaniparast. In 1982, he wrote the screenplay for Marg Deegari, directed by Mohammad-Reza Honarmand. He made his first film, Tobeh Nosuh, in 1983, and Boycott, a film set in pre-revolutionary Iran, in 1985. The latter tells the story of Valeh (Majid Majidi), a young man sentenced to death for Communist tendencies, and is widely believed to be based on Makhmalbaf's own experiences.
Makhmalbaf portrays human despair, exploitation, and resilience in The Cyclist (1987), a movie about Nasim, a poor Afghan refugee in Iran in desperate need of money for his ailing wife. Nasim agrees to ride a bicycle in a small circle for one week straight in return for the money he needs to pay his wife's medical bills.
Time of Love (1991) is Makhmalbaf's ninth feature film and the first film of what he calls his "third period". It is a romantic trilogy that offers three variations of the same story.
Makhmalbaf took time off from directing in 1996 to form the Makhmalbaf Film House, a school for young filmmakers. It quickly became a private production house for the increasing number of filmmakers in his family. In 1997, his 17-year-old daughter Samira directed The Apple, using him as a scriptwriter and Editor. Makhmalbaf's wife, Marziyeh Meshkini, worked as assistant Director to her daughter and then took up directing herself.