Ali Ahmadzadeh

Biography:

Ali Ahmadzadeh was born in Tehran in 1986.
Despite being qualified in architecture, his interest in music led him to graduate from the Neinava Music University. He is also a graduate in film direction from the Young Cinema Society.

Filmography

Short Films
2007: Achmaz / Pinned, Fiction, 11 min, DV, Colour, Iran
2009: Advantage, Fiction, 23 min, HDV, Colour, Iran
2011: Collage, Fiction, 20 min, HD, Colour, Iran
2012: Zanjan, Fiction, 40 min, HD, Colour, Iran

First Film
2013: Kami’s Party (Mehmouniye Kami) Fiction, 80 min, Iran

Festivals

  • 17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia. November 15-December 01, 2013. « Competitive Section »
  • 3rd Prague, Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic.  January 08-12, 2014. « Competitive Section »
  • 6th Pan-Asia Film Festival, London, UK. February 26-March 09, 2014. »Competitive Section »
  • 5th Middle East Now Film Festival, Florence, Italy.  April 09-14, 2014. « Competitive Section »
  • 1st Iranian Film Festival, Koln, Germany.  May 29 – June 01, 2014. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • 2nd Iranian Film Festival Cinema(s) d’Iran, Paris, France. June 06-17, 2014. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA. September 27-28, 2014. »Competitive section »
  • 11ème Festival International du Film Transsaharien de Zagora, Maroc. Du 20-25 Octobre 2014. « Competitive section »
  • 4th Iranian Film Festival, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne/Australia. October 03-November 09, 2014. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, UK. February 2015. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • 1st Zürich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland. May 28-June 03, 2015. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • Revelation Perth International Film festival, Australia. July 02-12, 2015. «Non-Competitive Festival »

Award
Winner of : *Best Film* Award @ the 3rd Prague Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic.

Second Film
2015: Atomic Heart Mother (Madar-e Ghalb Atomi) Fiction, 97 min, Iran

Festivals

  • 65th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlinale-Forum, Germany. February 05-15, 2015.
  • 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2015. « Global Vision » section. March 23-April 06, 2015.
  • 17th BAFICI/Buenos Aires Festival Internacional De Cine Independiente, Argentina. April 15-25, 2015. « International Competition » section
  • 2nd Iranian Film Festival Cologne, Germany. May 29-31, 2015. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • 21st Los Angeles Film Festival-Film Independent, USA. June 10-18, 2015. « World Fiction Competition »
  • 6th Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine. July 10-18, 2015. « International Competition » section
  • 11th Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland. September 24-October 04, 2015. « New World View »
  • 9th Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival. Germany. September 30-October 07, 2015. « Forum section »
  • 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival, CA, USA. November 5-14, 2015. « Discoveries » section
  • 8th Austin Asian American Film Festival, Austin, TX, USA. November 12-15, 2015. « Competition » section
  • 5th Festival International de Cinéma La Orquídea, Cuenca, Ecuador. November 14-20, 2015. « Competition Section »
  • 2nd Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Australia. November 19-29, 2015. « A Matter of Form » section.
  • 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA. January 01-11, 2016. « World Cinema Now » section.

« A genuine surprises through the sort of films we are unaccustomed to seeing in general, let alone Iran. The first is Ali Ahmadzadeh’s peculiar « Atomic Heart, » a film which begins with a duo of ambling, well-to-do young women as they return from a party. Inevitably, Richard Linklater’s « Before » trilogy and « Certified Copy » spring to mind-only for Ahmadzadeh to take a sharp turn into philosophical sci-fi around the midway point, complete with multiple realities and Saddam Hussein »
James Berclaz-Lewis, Indiewire

  • Boston Festival of Film From Iran, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA. «Non-Competitive Festival » Screening dates: January 28 & 29, 2016.
  • Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. February 19-21, 2016. Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • Iranian Film Festival, Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC, USA. From January 02 – February 28, 2016.
    Screening date: February 28, 2016 at American Film Institute (AFI), Silver Theatre, Washington DC. «Non-Competitive Festival »

« You’ve never seen an Iranian movie like this,” wrote Bob Strauss in the Los Angeles Daily News, “nor probably any movie quite like it, either.” In this surreal Tehran nocturne, two drunk party girls get into a car accident and receive help from a mysterious stranger (played by Mohammad Reza Golzar, an unnervingly dead ringer for George Clooney). He pays off the other driver and enlists the girls in an errand involving a supposedly dead dictator, whose weapons of mass destruction are hidden in another dimension.
With its apocalyptic and supernatural overtones—and surprising pop culture references ranging from an obscure Pink Floyd album to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”—Ali Ahmadzadeh’s film paints a picture of contemporary Iran like no other. »
Bob Strauss in the Los Angeles Daily News.

  • 11th Osaka Asian Film Festival, Japan. March 4 -13, 2016. « Special Screening » section.
  • Movies that Matter Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands. March 18-26, 2016. «Non-Competitive » section
  • Center For Asian American Media (CAAM) San Francisco, USA. March 10-20, 2016. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, USA. November 14-15, 2016. «Non-Competitive Festival »
  • 3rd FILMADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain. June 8-17, 2017. «Non-Competitive » section
  • CINEMA IRAN-Iranisches Filmfestival München, Germany. July 12-16, 2017. «Non-Competitive Festival »