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Ebrahim Golestan | Ibrāhīm Gulistān | ابراهیم گلستان


Ebrahim Golestan | Ibrāhīm Gulistān | ابراهیم گلستان

Ebrahim Taghavi Shirazi known as Ebrahim Golestan (October 19, 1922 – August 22, 2023) was a filmmaker and literary figure known for his significant contributions to Iranian cinema and literature. In 1957, he established his own studio, Golestan Film. After meeting the Iranian poet Furūgh Farrukhzād in 1958, he became her close associate and they collaborated on producing films. In 1961, he received a bronze medal at the Venice International Film Festival for his short documentary film Yak Ātash (A Fire) becoming the first Iranian director to win an international award.

He was among the first to introduce modernist and avant-garde filmmaking techniques in Iran, contributing to the industry’s artistic evolution.

His acclaimed film Khisht va Āyīnah (Brick and Mirror, 1965) is considered one of the milestones in Iranian cinema and is recognized for its innovative storytelling and visual style. The film explores the lives of ordinary people in a changing society using a novel approach to filmmaking.

Golestan boasts an extensive filmography, including documentaries Az Qatrah tā Daryā (From a Drop to the Sea, 1957), Mawj, Marjān, Khārā (Wave, Coral, Rock, 1962), Tappah’hā-yi Mārlīk (The Hills of Marlik, 1963), Kharāb-ābād (The Ruins, 1966), the short film Khāstigārī (Courtship, 1962), and the feature film Asrār-i ganj-i darrah-i jinnī (The Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley, 1974).

Golestan played a pivotal role in the development of Iranian cinema, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. Golestan was also a well-known cultural figure in Iran and his impact on Iranian culture extended beyond his work in cinema, inspiring a generation of filmmakers and artists.