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GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI is an Iranian actress. The daughter of the theater director Behzad Faharani, she began performing on stage at the age of six. When she was 14, she was cast as the lead actress in the movie The Pear Tree by Dariush Mehrjui, for which she won the award for Best Actress at the 16th Fajr International Film Festival. Since then, she has starred in more than fifteen films.

Recently, she's been playing in such films as Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (2006), which won the Golden Shell at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. She's also been in Rasool Mollagholi Poor's M For Mother (2006), which was chosen to represent Iran for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2008.

In 2008, she played with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's movie Body of Lies, becaming the first Iranian actress to play in a major Hollywood production. Her last film in Iran, About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi in 2009, won a Silver Bear in Berlin and The Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca.

In 2011, she played in Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Chicken With Plums with Mathieu Amalric and Edouard Baer. She also starred in Rachid Bouchareb's Just Like A Woman in which she stars with Sienna Miller. They were both awarded Best Actress at the Festival de la fiction TV de la Rochelle in 2012.

Additionally, she will be starring in the lead role in Hiner Saleem's new film My Sweet Pepperland.


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