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Ramin Bahrani
Ramin Bahrani
(Persian: رامین بحرانی‎; born March 20, 1975) is an American director and screenwriter. Film critic Roger Ebert listed Bahrani's film Chop Shop as the 6th best film of the 2000s and hailed Bahrani as "the director of the decade."[1] Bahrani was the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and was the subject of several international retrospectives including the MoMA in New York City, Harvard University, and the La Rochelle Film Festival in France. Bahrani is a professor of film directing at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program in New York City[2]


1 Life and career 2 Filmography 3 Accolades 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Bahrani was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Iranian parents.[3] He received his BA from Columbia University
Columbia University
in New York City. His first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005), premiered at the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
(2005) and screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2006). The film won over 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Bahrani's second film Chop Shop (2007) premiered at the 2007 Director's Fortnight
Director's Fortnight
of the Cannes International Film Festival, and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
(2007) and the Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival
(2008) before being released theatrically to wide and universal critical acclaim. Bahrani was awarded the prestigious 2007 Someone to Watch Award Independent Spirit Award. In 2008, he was nominated for Best Director Independent Spirit Award.[4] Goodbye Solo, Bahrani's third feature film, premiered as an official selection of the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
(2008) where it won the international film critic's FIPRESCI award for best film,[5] and later had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (2008).[6] The film was called a "masterpiece" by numerous critics including Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
and A.O. Scott of The New York Times.[7] In 2009, he made a short film Plastic Bag which features the voice of German filmmaker Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
and an original score from Kjartan Sveinsson of the band Sigur Rós. Plastic Bag premiered as the opening night film of Corto Cortissimo in the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
where Bahrani was also on the jury for Best First Films. It later screened at Telluride and The New York Film Festival. In 2012 he made a music video of the song "Eg anda" for the Sigur Ros
Sigur Ros
album Valtari. Bahrani's fourth feature film, At Any Price (2013) stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Heather Graham, Kim Dickens, Clancy Brown
Clancy Brown
and Chelcie Ross. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion
Golden Lion
at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[8] Bahrani's fifth feature film 99 Homes
99 Homes
(2015) opened to strong reviews at the Venice Film Festival. Bahrani recently wrapped shooting on his upcoming film for HBO, Fahrenheit 451, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel of the same name.[9][10] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Festivals Awards and Notes

2005 Man Push Cart

62nd Venice International Film Festival - Giornate Degli Autori, Venice-Days 2005 49th London International Film Festival - World Cinema 2005 46th Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Main Competition 2005 2006 Sundance Film Festival 34th New Directors/New Films Festival - 2006

FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, London Film Festival Independent Spirit Award Best First Film, Ramin Bahrani, Nominee Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead, Ahmad Razvi, Nominee Independent Spirit Award Best Cinematography, Michael Simmonds, Nominee Gotham Award, Breakthrough Director, Nominee Special
mention of Jury at 54th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg Audience Award at 46th Thessaloniki International Film Festival Best First Film International Festival of Setubal, Portugal Ecumenical Prize, Arsenals Film Festival, Latvia Best Film Ojai Film Festival Honorable Mention, Vienna Film Festival

2007 Chop Shop

Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection Director's Fortnight Toronto Film Festival, Official Selection A F I Film Festival, International Competition Berlin Film Festival, Official Selection Generation

Gotham Award, Best Actor Alejandro Polanco, Nominee Independent Spirit Award, Acura Someone To Watch Award 2007, Ramin Bahrani, Winner Independent Spirit Award, Best Director, Ramin Bahrani, Nominee 2008 Independent Spirit Award, Best Cinematography, Michael Simmonds, Nominee 2008

2008 Goodbye Solo

Venice Film Festival, Official Selection Toronto Film Festival, Official Selection

FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, Venice Film Festival Independent Spirit Award, Producer Award, Jason Orans, Nominee 2008 Gotham Award, Best Actor Souléymane Sy Savané, Nominee 2009

2009 Plastic Bag

Venice Film Festival, Corto Cortissimo, Opening Night Film Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection New York Film Festival, Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, Official Selection

2013 At Any Price

Venice Film Festival, Official Competition Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection Toronto Film Festival, Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection

Nominated for the Golden Lion

2015 99 Homes

Nominated for the Golden Lion Venice International Film Festival - SIGNIS Award Honorable Mention Venice International Film Festival - Young Jury Members – Best Film

2018 Fahrenheit 451

Television Film


FIPRESCI Prize, London Film Festival
London Film Festival
(2005) Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award (2008) FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
(2008) Guggenheim Fellowship (2009) United States
United States
Artists Fellow award (2010)[11]


^ Ebert, Roger (22 March 2009). "Roger Ebert's Journal". Blogs.suntimes.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  ^ [1] ^ Bahrani at IMDB ^ Bahrani at SpiritAwards.com Archived 6 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Fipresci.Org". Fipresci.Org. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  ^ " Goodbye Solo at Toronto International Film Festival". Tiff08.ca. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  ^ Goodbye Solo: Movie Review The New York Times ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (13 April 2016). "'99 Homes' Director Ramin Bahrani To Helm 'Fahrenheit 451' For HBO". IndieWire. Retrieved 17 June 2017.  ^ Petski, Denise (4 August 2017). "'Fahrenheit 451′: Saad Siddiqui Cast In HBO
Films' Adaptation Of Bradbury Classic". Deadline.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 14 August 2017.  ^ United States
United States
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Films directed by Ramin Bahrani

Man Push Cart (2005) Chop Shop (2007) Goodbye Solo (2008) Plastic Bag (2009) At Any Price (2012) 99 Homes
99 Homes
(2014) Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 169602858 LCCN: no2008134959 GND: 1049293320 SUDOC: 19465858