Renowned Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan dies aged 100
Iranian filmmaker and author Ebrahim Golestan’s daughter Lili took to Instagram Wednesday, announcing his father’s death on Tuesday at his house in the UK. He died at the age of 100, leaving behind a fascinating history of innovative contributions to cinema and literature.
Known for his multifaceted roles, the renowned filmmaker was born in Shiraz in the south-central region in 1922 and left Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution after emerging as a pioneer of modern and progressive cinematic artistry within the country and internationally.
His works surrounded prominent political and cultural ideas and examined multiple underrated themes such as social injustice, loneliness and alienation. The projects swiftly established the artist as an intellectual who helped shape 20th-century Iran.
Notable Creations And Coveted Awards
After a brief yet meticulous venture in journalism, Golestan later went on to set up the country’s first film studio in 1957. He embarked on a fascinating journey, producing documentaries and feature films such as the epic “Brick and Mirror”.
Some of his notable creations include “Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley”, “The Hills of Marlik”, “From a Drop to the Sea”, “Waves, Coral, and Rock” and “A Fire”, a visually striking documentary that depicted a major oil well fire in southwestern Iran.
The project earned him a couple of awards at the Venice Film Festival. Additionally, Golestan also produced “Black House”, a documentary film directed by Persian literature great as well as his partner Forough Farrokhzad, who died at the age of 32 in a car accident.
During his career, Golestan published multiple short stories and novels, often influenced by the works of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and other Western authors. He experienced a personal tragedy in 2003 when his son Kaveh passed away in Iraq after stepping on a landmine.