Early Life and Family Background: Mani Haghighi was born into a prominent artistic family in Tehran. His grandfather, Ebrahim Golestan, is a celebrated writer and filmmaker, and his mother, Lili Golestan, is a well-known translator and art gallery owner. This rich cultural environment influenced Haghighi from an early age, nurturing his interest in literature and cinema.

Education and Early Career: Haghighi pursued his education abroad, studying philosophy at the University of McGill in Canada. This academic background in philosophy later influenced the thematic depth and complexity of his films.

Career Beginnings: Haghighi began his film career in the early 2000s. His debut feature film, “Abadan” (2003), showcased his unique storytelling style and garnered critical attention. However, it was his second film, “Men at Work” (2006), based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami, that brought him significant recognition. The film was well-received internationally and showcased Haghighi’s talent for blending humor with social commentary.

Rise to Stardom: Haghighi’s breakthrough came with the film “Modest Reception” (2012), which he wrote, directed, and starred in. The film’s critical success at international festivals solidified his reputation as an innovative filmmaker. His subsequent film, “A Dragon Arrives!” (2016), was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, further establishing his international presence.

Professional Highlights:

  • “Men at Work” (2006): Received acclaim for its unique narrative and social critique.
  • “Modest Reception” (2012): Won awards at various international film festivals.
  • “A Dragon Arrives!” (2016): Screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, highlighting Haghighi’s distinctive directorial voice.

Personal Life and Challenges: Haghighi has faced various challenges throughout his career, including navigating the complexities of Iran’s film censorship laws. Despite these obstacles, he has managed to create films that are both artistically daring and socially relevant.

Real Name: Mani Haghighi

Date of Birth: May 4, 1969

Birth Place: Tehran, Iran

Residence: Tehran, Iran

Nationality: Iranian

Religion: Unknown

Partner: Information on his personal relationships is not publicly detailed.

Father: N/A

Mother: Lili Golestan, an influential translator and art gallery owner.

Horoscope: Taurus

Age: 55 years old (as of 2024)

Height: 178 cm

Weight: Around 75 kg (165 lbs)

Body Type: Average

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Black (graying with age)