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Golshifteh Farahani: Birthday

Iranian-French actress
Born: July 10, 1983

Golshifteh Farahani, born on July 10, 1983, in Tehran, Iran, is an internationally acclaimed actress and singer. She began her acting career at the age of 14, starring in the film “The Pear Tree” (1998), which earned her the Best Actress award at the Fajr International Film Festival. Farahani quickly became a prominent figure in Iranian cinema, known for her roles in films such as “About Elly” (2009) and “The Patience Stone” (2012).

In 2008, Farahani moved to Paris following increasing restrictions on her artistic freedom in Iran. Her move to the West broadened her career, leading to roles in internationally acclaimed films like “Body of Lies” (2008), alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and “Paterson” (2016), directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Farahani’s work transcends cultural and linguistic barriers, and she has been recognized for her compelling performances and dedication to her craft. Besides acting, she is also a talented musician and has been involved in various musical projects.

Despite facing political and social challenges, Golshifteh Farahani continues to be a powerful voice in cinema, advocating for freedom of expression and women’s rights. Her contributions to both Iranian and global cinema have solidified her status as a significant figure in the arts.

Golshifteh Farahani’s 5 most popular quotes

  • Exile is like death. You cannot understand it until it happens to you.
  • For me, Iran was paradise, and I believe it’s a paradise still, but only if you don’t have political problems. If you have a political problem, paradise turns into hell.
  • I had to tell people I was not born with a scarf because I came out Iran. People think you came out of your mother with a scarf; they can’t imagine that the scarf is not stuck to your head.
  • I have scars from every film I have made. There is nothing to protect actors. They treat you worse than a dog. You work like a slave, and you know, I like it. That is the way it should be. Every film should be like your last.
  • Independent cinema is more thoughtful, delicate. While Western blockbusters can have their own kind of delicateness, it’s not delicate enough. You have to be ready to compromise to enter that field. I will do so only if it’s worth it.
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