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The President directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf received The Audience Award for the Best Film from the 15th TOKYO FILMeX...

GOA the oldest film festival of India has chosen “THE PRESIDENT” directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf as its opening film while “The...

The Chicago International Film Festival awarded the Gold Hugo for best film, its top prize, to “The President” by Mohsen...

The President directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf received The Société Générale Award for Best Feature Film by the audience vote...

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THE PRESIDENT

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Opening film of the 71 Venice Film Festival
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf note on his life
1- As a child I was raised with my grandmother’s teachings and believes. She was a very kind human being very religious and against cinema. She strongly believed that those going to cinema would be denied paradise.
Being in love with her because of her charisma, I spent my childhood avoiding films and going to cinema. Thinking of it today, I have no regret for three different reasons:
Firstly, the theatres in my childhood were occupied by Hollywood and Bollywood films. One could hardly find an independent or art film on the screen. Therefore I did not miss much by not going to cinema back then... 
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Reviews

THE GUARDIAN:
The President Review: Staire, suspense and gusto - Venice film festival

Perhaps even Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s most devoted admirers weren’t expecting his latest film - here opening the Festival’s Orrizonti sidebar section - to be quite so absorbing and gripping. But that’s what it is, and the director discloses a unsuspected gift for satire and suspense, along with some old-fashioned storytelling gusto. Makhmalbaf is the co-screenwriter with his partner, Marziyeh Meshkiny - herself an established film-maker - and they have between them created a gutsy drama and a vivid parable. It’s the sort of movie that Milos Foreman might have directed forty years ago but it feels contemporary and as sharp as a tack.
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