Masoud Kimiai

Masoud Kimiai

Still: Killing a Traitor

Filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Masoud KIMIAI (Iran, 1941) started his career as an assistant director before making his debut in 1968 with Come Stranger. His second film Qeysar (1969) – alongside Dariush Mehrjui’s The Cow (1969) – is considered a “landmark in Iranian cinema” and both films propelled the Iranian New Wave. The characters in his films are often people at the margins of society and their dialogues are based on slang and ordinary traditional people’s dialect. For The Journey of the Stone (1978), he received an OCIC Prize at Cairo International Film Festival, and he was awarded a prize at Berlinale for Snake Fang (1990). Kimiai has also supported the careers of other award-winning filmmakers in Iran such as Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi who worked with him as assistant director and title sequence designer.


Mastooreh (1968, short), Come Stranger (1968), Gheisar (1969), Reza, the Motorcyclist (1970), Dash Akol (1971), Baluch (1972), The Soil (1973), The Deer (1974), Oriental Boy (1975, short), The Horse (1976, short), Ghazal (1976), Journey of the Stone (1978), The Red Line (1982), The Blade and the Silk (1987), The Lead (1989),Snake Fang (1990), The Sergeant (1991), The Wolf's Trail (1993), The Trade (1995), The Feast (1996), Soltan (1997), Mercedes (1998), Cry (1999), Protest (2000), Friday's Soldiers (2004), Verdict (2005), The Boss (2007), Trial on the Street (2009), Crime (2011), Metropole (2014), Domestic Killer (2017), Khoon shod (2020), Khaen Koshi/Killing a Traitor (2022)

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