Payman Maadi

Director, Writer, Producer

Payman Maadi was born to Iranian parents in New York in 1970. When he was 6 his family moved back to Iran. Always fascinated by the cinema, he has acted in, directed, produced and written the scripts to numerous Iranian movies. He has also acted in such foreign films as: HBO series ‘The Night Of’ by Steven Zaillian, ’13 Hours: The secret soliders of benghazi by Michael Bay, ‘The Last Knight’ with Olive Owen & Morgan Freeman by Kazuaki Kiriya and ‘Camp X-Ray’ by Peter Sattler. He was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in ‘A Separation’ by Asghar Farhadi in 2011. The film itself went on to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Payman had already performed in Farhadi’s previous film, “About Elly (2009)”. He has also served as jury member at the 2014 Shanghai IFF and 2017 Thessalonika IFF.


2018 Bomb, A Love Story (Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh)
2012 Snow on the Pines (Barf rooye Kajha)
2012 The Ordinance of Light (short)
2008 Lipstick (short)
2007 Hand of God (short)



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