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Kalari, Mahmoud

Works: 83 works in 171 publications in 10 languages and 5,111 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Comedy films  Sports films  Road films  Romance films  Film adaptations  Anthology films  Fantasy films  Experimental films 
Roles: Cinematographer , Actor, Photographer, Illustrator, Musician, Author, Other, Videographer
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mahmoud Kalari
Judāyī-i Nādir az Sīmīn = Separation( Visual )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Persian and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer's-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes there is more on the line than just his marriage."--Container
Āfsāīd = Offside by Jafar Panahi( Visual )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 2006 Iran-Bahrain match, the Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and, officially, no women. According to Islamic custom, women are not permitted to watch or participate in men's sports. Many of the ambitious young female fans who manage to sneak into the arena are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes these young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity
Bad ma ra khahad bord = The wind will carry us( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in Persian and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of men from the city traverse the rural Iranian countryside, looking for the village of Siah Dareh, following directions such as "turn left at the big tree on top of the hill," seemingly lost. The driver, respectfully called "Engineer" by the villagers, is in this remote location to record a funeral ritual that will follow the death of a woman reputed to be more than 100 years old. As he waits and she rallies, he becomes a figure of some amusement in the valley--whenever his cell phone beeps, he charges to higher ground in his Land Rover in order to get proper reception. And as he waits to complete his task, he is transformed from a nosy outsider into a reverent observer, seeing all the transient beauty and eternal wonder of the human experience in one poor, small, rural village
Beed-e majnoon = The willow tree( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Persian and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blind since childhood, Youssef has a devoted wife, loving daughter, and successful university career, but his affliction fills him with secret torment. As if in answer to his prayers, a clinic restores his sight- a miracle that is double-edged. Although this new world of sight and color floods him with ecstacy- the breathtaking images seen through his reawakened eyes include a dazzling vista of snow-blanketed hills, a shower of molten gold sparks in a jewlery foundry, an array of lollipop lights behind a rain-speckled car window- it also plunges him into a labyrinth of confusion and temptations.--Summary from container
Kārgarān mashghūl-i kārand = Men at work( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Persian and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comedy about four old friends who, driving back from a failed ski trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock by the side of the road above a lake. The men's frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope."--Container
Tickets by Ermanno Olmi( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this anthology film, an elderly businessman finds solace and a new insight into life when he meets a younger woman who arranges his train ticket after his flight is canceled. A young man is torn between an older woman who controls him and a younger one that attracts him. And three Scottish youths on their way to the football match of their dreams are forced to open their eyes and see the bigger picture when they meet an Albanian family. In each case, the train journey changes the course of all their lives
A separation( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in Persian and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease
Bābā ʻAzīz : le prince qui contemplait son âme( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Arabic and Persian and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own"--Container
Gabbih( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Persian and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they ... wash it ..., a beautiful young woman ... emerges from the carpet to ... reveal the secret of the carpet. Once held hostage by the endless restraints of the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals that the secret ... lies within the mysterious black-clad rider on the white horse. Month after month, season after season, he had followed her family from afar, always present, always waiting, howling to her songs of love--longing for her to run away with him."--Container
Men at work by Mānī Ḥaqīqī( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men at work: A comedy about four old friends who, driving back from a failed ski trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock by the side of the road above a lake. The men's frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope
Shīrīn = My sweet Shirin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in Persian and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ostensibly an adaptation of a 12th century Persian poem about a young princess courted by two men, a nobleman and an artist, Kiarostami never shows us the film in question. Instead, we are invited to reconstruct the narrative from dialogue and sound, as well as the emotions that flash across the faces of a rapt, mostly female audience."--Container
Nūn va-guldūn = Moment of innocence by Muḥsin Makhmalbāf( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in Pahlavi and Persian and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is definitely the best Iranian film I've seen. It collapses fiction and documentary into an absolutely unique, humorous and overwhelmingly moving statement about violent political idealism and its collision with the realities of life and love. In the 70's, the filmmaker was a teenage Islamic militant fighting against the Shah. He stabbed a policeman and was jailed. Years later he became famous director. A man knocked at his front door and said, "I'm the policeman you stabbed. I want to be in one of your films. You owe me." The director said, "Let's make a film about what happened." This film is a reenactment/documentary about the making of that film and it blows me away every time
Bad ma ra khahad bord by Abbas Kiarostami( Visual )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in Persian and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an engineer and his colleagues from Tehran arrive in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan, the locals assume they are archaeologists or telecom engineers. Even though they form an ambivalent relationship with the community, the visitors' behavior and keen interest in the health of an ailing old woman appear strange, and their true motives are shrouded in mystery
Le passé by Aṣghar Farhādī( Visual )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in French and Turkish and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie. Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past."--Container
Sarbāzhāyi Jumʻah = Friday's soldiers( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Persian and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four soldiers go on leave in Tehran. They are accompanied by their commanding officer and experience a life-changing adventure. One that reveals the sights and sounds of modern-day Tehran
The pear tree( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Persian and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film opens in a dark and drab contemporary setting but comes alive with light and color when Mahmoud remembers his childhood from the late 1940s, a time of respite for Iran before the political crises of the 1950s
Siyāvash = Siavash( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Persian and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock musician Siavash is set to play in his band's first live show, when he decides to visit the tomb of his father -- killed in the Iran-Iraq War -- to seek his blessing. Afterwards it is revealed that his father is still alive and has returned to Tehran
Images from the Qajar Dynasty ; The school blown away by the wind( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in Persian and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images from the Qajar Dynasty: "A short documentary made while the filmmaker was preparing his acclaimed feature Once upon a Time, Cinema. The Qajar (aka Ghajar) family ruled Iran from 1785-1925. The film shows rare photos and early films shot at the Shah's court, along with family portraits."--Container
Bād mā rā ḥāhad burd = Le vent nous emportera by Abbas Kiarostami( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in Kurdish and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quelques personnes arrivent de Téhéran pour un court séjour à Sia Dareh, un village du Kurdistan iranien. Les habitants ignorent la raison de leur venue. Les étrangers flânent surtout dans l'ancien cimetière et font croire aux villageois qu'il sont à la recherche d'un trésor."
Bab'Aziz = Bab'Aziz: The prince who contemplated his soul( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Persian and Arabic and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bab'Aziz, a very old blind dervish is on his way to a place unknown where a Sufi gathering is to take place. Guiding him across a sea of sand is his granddaughter Ishtar, a little girl, who loves her grandpa but who is afraid they might never reach their destination, all the more as the meeting is organized only once every thirty years. But Bab'Aziz is undeterred. He knows that if he "listens to the infinite silence of the desert with his heart" he will find the place. While making their way, they meet strange persons and Bab'Aziz tells Ishtar strange tales
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Alternative Names
Kalari, Mahmud 1951-

Mahmood Kalari iranischer Kameramann

Mahmoud Kalari

Mahmoud Kalari director of photography uit Iran

Mahmoud Kalari iráni operatőr

Mahmoud Kalari Iranian cinematographer

מחמוד כאלארי

محمود كالاري