Ali Hatami

Ali Hatami
Born Ali Hatami
19 August 1944
Tehran, Iran
Died 7 December 1996(1996-12-07) (aged 52)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Years active 1969–1996
Spouse(s) Zari Khoshkam (1971–1996, his death)
Children Leila (b. 1972)

Ali Hatami (Persian: علی حاتمی , August 19, 1944 – December 7, 1996) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, art director and costume designer. He graduated from the College of Dramatic Arts and began his professional career as a writer of short TV screenplays and also as a playwright.


Graduated in cinema from Faculty of Dramatic Arts, his debut was Hasan Kachal (Hasan the Bald), the first Iranian musical film. Since then, he paid attention to unusual rhythmic dialogs and also the use of traditional settings and architecture in his films that became the characteristics of his works.

Although his works did not attract international attention, the Iranian audience praised him. His mind was occupied with making films on the basis of historical and folkloric figures. He was usually the art director of his own films. His last film remained incomplete because of his death due to cancer, on December 7, 1996 in Tehran. Hatami make important and lasting movies with national themes Hajji Washington (1982), Kamalolmolk (1984) and Love Stricken (1992). Hatami made three great historical TV series, all of them are considered as eternal works in the history of Iranian TV. Meanwhile, he established a small production village as the historical site in which he made Hezar Dastan (1978 to 1987). It has been since used as the shooting location for many films and TV series.

He was married to famous Iranian actress Zari Khoshkam. Their daughter Leila Hatami is a famous actress in Iran.


Ali Hatami and his wife Zari Khoshkam, Etelaate Haftegi magazine

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