Homayoun Ghanizadeh


Born in 1980, Homayoun Ghanizadeh is an Iranian avant-garde theatre director, playwright and actor who founded Mungu Theater Company in 2001.

His debut work, “waiting for Godot” of Samuel Beckett, was produced in 2003 and performed both in Fajr Theater Festival and for public in Tehran’s City Theater. His breakthrough theater work came with his second performance “Daedalus and Icarus”, which brought him the Best Director Award in 25th Fajr International Theater Festival in 2006. The performance was also invited to several international theater festivals in different countries including Barbican in 2008.

A year later he wrote his “Agamemnon” and performed in 27th Fajr International Theater Festival and also in Iranshahr Theater Complex. In 2010, he staged Albert Camus’ Caligula in Fajr Theater Festival and later in Iranshahr Theater complex for 60 nights. In the same year this performance was also invited and performed as a special guest in Estonian Theater Festival. At the same time, upon the invitation of Estonian Theater Company, RAAAM, he traveled to Tallinn for a co-production between Iran and Estonia. There, he wrote and staged Antigone with some of the best Estonian actors. Besides that it was invited to several theater festivals in different countries such as Poland, China and Russia.

Following the success of this common project, RAAAM company invited Ghanizadeh again to Estonia for another production. In 2011 Ghanizadeh wrote a play, based on Eugene Ionesco’s The King Dies and staged it with Estonian actors. He directed Albert Camus' Caligula in 2015 in Vahdat Theater Hall which became the best-selling performance of the year. Mr. Ghanizadeh acted in Mani Haghighi’s "The Dragon Arrives!", which was invited to Berlinale’s competition in 2018. In 2016 he wrote and directed "Mississipi Dies Seated" which was awarded as the best performance of the year from "Theater Critics Association". In the same year he had a collaborative project with the best Estonian theater company. In this project Homayoun Ghanizadeh wrote and directed a mono play named "Ajax and the Report of a Suicide" and an Estonian actor performed it in Iranshahr Theater.

In 2018, he has written and directed a short film, ”Irreversible”. His debut feature film, “A Hairy Tale” was shown at the 37th Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival in February 2019 and was nominated for seven awards and received the Best First Film as well as awards as the best movie of "Art and Experience" jury and best supporting actor for Ali Nasirian and best visual effect.

Films at the Festival