Born: Jan.23rd, 1942
Graduated: University of Southern California, Bachelor of Art, Cinema
Worked at National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) for 6 years where he produced and anchored over 150 weekly programs on current cinema. He also directed two documentaries Nourooz and Caviar, and Tehran, Old and New.
1973 directed his first feature SHAZDEH EHTEJAB (PRINCE EHTEJAB) which won the Best Film Award at 3rd Tehran International Film Festival and was shown at Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
The same year he accepted a position to be the Production Chief of the Film Development Company of Iran and thus went on to produce the following great feature films:
• GOZARESH (THE REPORT) in 1977 by ABBAS KIAROSTAMI which was his first feature film.
• IL DESERTO DEI TARTARI (THE DESERT OF TARTARS) IN 1976 by VALERIO ZURLINI
• KALAGH (THE CROW) in 1976 by BAHRAM BEYZAII
• MALAKOUT (THE DEVINE ONE) in 1976 by KHOSROW HARITASH
• SHATRANJE BAAD (THE CHESSGAME OF THE WIND IN 1976 by M.R.ASLANI
• DAR EMTEDAD SHAB (AT THE END OF NIGHT) in 1977 by PARVIZ SAYYAD, which has the distinction of being the highest grossing film of all time in Iranian Cinema.
1977 He made his second feature SAYEHAYEH BOLANDEH BAAD (THE TALL SHADOWS OF THE WIND), based on a short story by HOUSHANG GOLSHIRI, and was shown at CANNES’CRITIC’S WEEK. This film was banned both before and after the revolution.
1980 He moved to Canada and established a distribution company called CINEMA CIRCLE OF CANADA, where he distributed ANDRZEI WAJDA’S 1981 film, A MAN OF IRON, which was nominated for BEST FOREIGN FILM at the ACADEMY AWARDS.
He later on established the first Canadian film company with offices in NY and Toronto called SPECTRA FILMS and distributed many films including FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT’S last film CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS.
In 1986 he was asked by the CINEPLEX ODEON CEO to establish a new Production and Distribution division for the company in Los Angeles. During his time in LA his division produced such films as:
• THE GLASS MENAGERI (1987) by PAUL NEWMAN
• MADAME SOUZASTKA (1988) by JOHN SCHESINGER
• THE LAST TEMTATION OF CHRIST (1988) by MARTIN SCORSESE
• MR. AND MRS BRIDGE (1990) by JAMES IVORY
• THE GRIFFTERS (1990) by STEPHEN FREARS
• LEOLO (1992) by JEAN CLAUDE LOUZAN
By 1991 Bahman Farmanara had decided to return to Iran, where he endured a ten year official/unofficial ban from making any films. In 2001 he was finally allowed to make his first post-revolution feature film called BOOYE KAFOOR, ATRE YAS (THE SMELL OF CAMPHOR, FRAGRANCE OF JASMINE), which was a huge success winning not only 8 awards at Fajr Film Festival including Best Director and Best Film, but also received international attention by winning the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at that years MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and was chosen for NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL and TORONTO INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF). A film critic for the NEW YORK TIME’S referred to him as the Iranian Woody Allen.
After his success in 2001 after such a long hiatus from film making he began to work more regularly. The following are a list of his films:
KHANEI RUYE AB (A HOUSE BUILT ON WATER) in 2003
YEK BOOSE KOOCHOOLOO (A LITTLE KISS) in 2005
KHAKE ASHENA (EARTHBOUND) in 2008
DELAM MIKHAD (I WANT IT) in 2014 (To be Released SPRING 2017)