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Sadaf Foroughi

Living in: Montreal, Québec
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Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian-Canadian, Montreal-based filmmaker.

Foroughi graduated with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence and obtained a degree in Film Production from the New York Film Academy. She co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in Kiarash Anvari’s feature-length film The Pot and the Oak (2017), which had its world premiere in the Bright Future Competition Section at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sadaf’s debut feature film Ava had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and won the International Federation of Film Critics award.

Nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Film, direction and screenplay, Ava was awarded the 2018 Best First Film of the year.


Where were you born, where did you grow up, where do you live now?
I was born in Iran. I grew up in France and live in Canada.

First film you made, and where and when?
Une Impression, Iran, 2003.

Latest film you made, and where and when?
Summer With Hope, Iran — currently in post-production.

Worst thing about being in isolation?
Over thinking.

Best thing about being in isolation?
Reading, writing, watching and re-watching my favourite movies.

Favourite book to read in isolation?
Irvin Yalom’s Existential psychotherapy.

Favourite music to listen to in isolation?
The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Take Five.

Favourite movies to watch in isolation?
Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker trilogy.

Favourite meal in isolation?
Colorful foods.

What’s the last best thing you cooked?
Spinach lasagna.