Born in Shiraz, the capital of the Fars Province in Southwest Iran, Amir Reza Koohestani lives and works in Tehran. His early passion for cinema and writing (articles, short stories, screenplays), led to his directing his first play at age 21, though he was denied authorisation to perform by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance. Since then, he has refined his style in successive creations, a poetical and critical renewal which breaks away from the naturalism of traditional Iranian theatre. Amir Reza Koohestani directed Hearing for the 70th edition of the Festival d'Avignon.
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