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Born in Abadan, Iran in 1945. Naderi is one of the most influential Iranian filmmakers and has helped, along with Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, propelling the Iranian cinema into international spotlight. After being involved in filmmaking as a still photographer, projectionist and assistant director, he made his directorial debut with "Khoda Hafez Rafig (Good Bye Friend)" in 1971. Subsequently, he made "Deadlock" (73) and "Harmonica" (74), the latter considered by many as a masterpiece of the pre-Revolution Iranian cinema. Young Naderi's dream of becoming a film director in Hollywood became partly real when he filmed "Shakhte Iran (Made in Iran)" in New York in 1976. His reputation in international film circuit grew throughout the 80's when two films of his films, "The Runner" and "Water, Wind, Dust", won the Grand Prizes at the Festival des 3 Continents Nantes respectively in 86 and 89. After moving to the United States, he made the first of his New York Trilogy with "Manhattan by Numbers" (93), which was invited to the Venice Film Festival and became one of his first films to get a commercial release here in Japan. The second one of the trilogy, "A.B.C. Manhattan"(97) was selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. He is among 'regulars' of TOKYO FILMeX, presenting "Marathon"(02), the last one of the trilogy, and "Sound Barrier" (05) in 2002 and 2005 respectively. His latest feature, "Vegas: Based on a True Story"(08) was in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2008.

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