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The President (2014 film)

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Directed by  Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Produced by  Vladimer Katcharava Mike Downey Sam Taylor Maysam Makhmalbaf
Written by  Mohsen Makhmalbaf Marziyeh Meshkiny
Starring  Misha Gomiashvili Dachi Orvelashvili
Cinematography  Konstantin Mindia Esadze
Edited by  Hana Makhmalbaf Marziyeh Meshkiny

The President is a film by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf following the themes of his previous film The Gardener. The President had its World Premier at Venice Film Festival in 2014, opening the festival together with Birdman.



A revolution is happening in a country with a dictatorial president. The president sends his family abroad but his grandson wants to stay with his grandfather. In order to save their lives they run away and the president uses a wig and a guitar to disguise himself as a gypsy. They want to reach the sea so they can go to another country by boat. They must tolerate poverty and hunger during their journey. The inspiration for the film came when Makhmalbaf visited the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul.


  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2014
  • Beirut International Film Festival, Lebenan, 2014
  • Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • London Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2014
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 2014
  • Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival, Japan, 2014
  • International Film Festival Of India ( Goa) , India, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Carthage International Film Festival, Tunnis, 2014
  • Tertio Millennio Film Festival, Italy, 2014 (Opening film)
  • Cast and crew

    Producers: Maysam MAKHMALBAF, Mike DOWNEY, Sam TAYLOR, Vladimer KATCHARAVA


  • Golden Hugo for the best film from Chicago International Film Festival, United States, 2014
  • Audience Award for the Best Film from the 15th TOKYO FILMeX International Film Festival, Japan, 2014
  • Société Générale Award for Best Feature Film by the audience vote from the 14th Beirut International Film Festival, Lebenan, 2014
  • References

    The President (2014 film) Wikipedia

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