Mohsen Makhmalbaf born May 29, 1957 is an Iranian film director, writer, film editor, and producer. He has made more than 20 feature films, won some 50 awards and been a jury in more than 15 major film festivals. His award-winning films include Kandahar, and his latest film is the The President. Makhmalbaf's films have been widely presented at international film festivals in the past ten years. The director belongs to the new wave movement of Iranian cinema. Time selected Makhmalbaf's 2001 film Kandahar as one of the top 100 films of all time. In 2006, he was a member of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of the leading exponents of New Iranian cinema. He won a Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival in 1996 for Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence). In 1998 he was in Competition at the Venice Film Festival with Sokout (The Silence); in 1999 he presented the anthology film Ghessé hayé kish (Kish Tales) at the Cannes Film Festival, and returned there in 2001 with Safar e Ghandehar (Kandahar).
Source: Brussels Film Festival 2015