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Ali Hatami

Born in Tehran in 1944. Died on Dec. 5, 1996. Full name: Abbas Ali Hatami. Graduated from the college of Dramatic Arts. Began his professional career as a writer of short TV screenplays and also as a playwright. Among his plays: The Demon and the Bald Hassan, Adam and Eve, The Fisherman's Story, City of Oranges, Talisman and Silk. Began his film career in 1970 by writing and directing The Bald Hassan. In subsequent years he developed a personal filmmaking style that was characterized by melodious dialogues, traditional Iranian ambiance created through architecture and set design. His last film, World Champion Takhti, remained unfinished because of his untimely death.

Feature Films (wrote all his film scripts) 1969: The Bald Hassan (winner of best screenplay prize at the First Festival of the Iranian Films organized by the Ministry of Art and Culture), 1970: The Ring – necked Dove (also set and costume designer), Baba Shamal, The Calendar, 1972: Sattar Khan, The Suitor, 1977: Sutedelan (also set and costume designer), 1982: Haji Washington (also co-producer, writer of text for trailer released in 1998), 1984: Kamal-ol-Molk (also set and costume designer; winner of prize of best Actor: Jamshid Mashayekhi at the third Fajr Film Festival) 1984-87: Jafar Khan Has Returned from Abroad (also set and costume designer; winner of the Crystal Simorgh prizes of Best Make-up, Best Actress: Roqaye Chehre Azad, Best Supporting Actor: Akbar Abdi at the Eighth Fajr Film Festival), 1991: The Love - Stricken (also set and costume designer, producer), 1976: World Champion Takhti ( unfinished ).

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