Lead Actor

Shahab Hosseini received the Grand Jury prize for Best Actor at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2016 for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, the academy award winner for Best Foreign Film (2017). Previously Hosseini received the Silver Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival for his supporting role in Farhadi's Oscar winning A Separation (2013).

Hosseini has received several other nominations and awards from Iran’s
House of Cinema, including Best Actor in a lead role in Fardadi’s About Elly (2009) and the Crystal Simorgh from Tehran’s 27th Fajr International Film Festival for his performance as Kourosh in Superstar.

Mitra Tabrizian is an Iranian-British artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited and published widely and is represented in major international museums and public collections, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Smithsonian Institution, Washington and Los Angeles County Museum of Art amongst others. Solo museum shows include Tate Britain (2008). She is a recipient of several photographic awards, including the Royal Academy ‘Rose Award for Photography’ (2013) and exhibited at the Venice Biennale (Iranian pavilion, 2015). Tabrizian’s short films have been screened at premier festivals including, Berlin and Toronto.

Cyrus Massoudi is an Iranian writer and translator based in London. His first book,
Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran, is published by IB Tauris (2014). He was the co-writer on Gholam. He is currently developing a number of film and television projects.

Zadoc Nava produced Tabrizian’s three previous short films as well as Gholam. He worked for many years as a documentary and commercials director before moving into producing. He is currently producing Mambo Man, a British-Cuban feature film through Tumi Productions.