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Born 1940 in Tehran. In 1969, he was involved in the establishment of Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults. From this institute, he directed the short film, "The Bread and Alley" (70), the debut feature, "The Traveler" (74) and many other theatrical, short, and documentary films. He attracted international attention in 1987 when "Where Is the Friend's Home?" took the Locarno International Film Festival's Bronze Leopard, and in 1992 when "Life, and Nothing More..." won the Cannes Film Festival's Roberto Rossellini Award. With "Taste of Cherry" (97) winning the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, and "The Wind Will Carry Us" (99) winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, his stature and reputation as a world cinema master was established. Other notable works include "Close Up" (90), "Through the Olive Trees" (94), "10 on Ten" (02), among others. His latest film "Certified Copy" (10) was selected to compete at Cannes Film Festival, where Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress Award.

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The Tokyo Culture Creation Project is a project that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture have been executing in collaboration with various arts-related organizations. The Project's objectives are to create and promote arts and culture that are unique to Tokyo, to develop children's rich sensibilities through arts and culture, and to create various local cultural focal points in Tokyo. The Project's activities include organization of various art events; facilitation of collaborative art programs between residents of Tokyo and artists; and operation of programs to provide children with the opportunity to experience arts and culture.