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Born in Abadan in 1946, since the 1970’s Amir Naderi has been one of the most influential figures in new Iranian cinema. He developed his film culture in the theatre where he worked as a child. He broke onto the international scene with classics such as Davandeh (The Runner, 1985), presented at the 42nd Venice International Film Festival, and Aab, baab, khaak (Water, Wind, Dust, 1986). Naderi was the first important Iranian director to leave his country in the late 1980’s when he moved to New York. His American films, which are incomparable in their ability to capture a certain evanescent spirit of New York, were presented in important festivals such as New Directors/New Films, the Cannes Film Festival (in 1997 with A.B.C… Manhattan, in the Un Certain Regard section), the Tribeca, Sundance and Turin Film Festivals (in which he participated in 2002 with Marathon – Enigma in Manhattan and in 2005 with Sound Barrier). Naderi returned to the Lido in 1993 with the feature-length film Manhattan by Numbers and in 2008 with Vegas: Based on a True Story, in Competition.  He came to the Venice Film Festival with his latest film, Cut, filmed in Japan, which was the opening film of the Orizzonti section in 2011 and later won the Best Director Award at the 21st Japanese Professional Movie Awards. Naderi was the first foreigner to win this award. His films have been selected for retrospectives by museums and film festivals around the world. His last appearance in Venice was in 2012 as a member of the jury for the Orizzonti section.
1985 – Davandeh (The Runner) – Venezia speciali 1 (director)
1993 – Manhattan by Numbers – Finestra sulle immagini Lungometraggi (director)
2008 – Vegas: Based on a True Story – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2011 – Cut – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)

2012 - Orizzonti


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