ALI MOSAFFA (Ahmad) was born in Tehran (Iran). He graduated
from the University of Tehran in Civil Engineering and began his career as an
actor in 1991 in Habib Kavosh's film OMID.
The same year, he received the prize for Best Actor at the Fajr Film Festival
for his role in PARI, a film by Darius Mehrjui. In 1996 he met his future wife,
the Iranian actress Leila Hatami, during the shooting of LEILA, also directed by
Ali Mosaffa then went on to direct his first short features INCUBUS, THE
NEIGHBOR as well as the documentary THE DECEIT OF POESY. He then went on to
direct his first feature film in 2005 with PORTRAIT OF A LADY FAR AWAY, starring
Leila Hatami and Homayoun Ershadi. It was awarded with the Sutherland Trophy at
the BFI London Film Festival. His second film, THE LAST STEP starring Leila
Hatami won the FIPRESCI prize and the Crystal Globe for Best Actress at the
Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
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