Ramin Bahrani is a prominent American-Iranian screenwriter, film producer, and director. He was born on March 20, 1975, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the USA. He took Bachelor of Arts at the Columbia University in New York City. In 2005, his first directorial film entitled Man Push Cart, which he also wrote and produced, was screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2005. It also won ten international awards and received three nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards. His next film, Chop Shop, was released in 2007 and premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Ramin also earned the prestigious ‘Someone to Watch’ Award in 2007 and was nominated for Best Director in 2008 for the Independent Spirit Award. His third feature film titled Goodbye Solo is an independent film that was released in the year 2008. It is the official selection of the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival in 2008. The film also won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize for Best Film. Several critics called this film a ‘Masterpiece,' including The New York Times’ A.O. Scott and Roger Ebert. In 2009, Ramin helmed a short film entitled Plastic Bag, which features the voice of German director, Werner Herzog. This too has premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was later screened at The New York Film Festival and Telluride. In 2012, Ramin directed the American drama film, At Any Price, which stars
. The film was selected to compete at the 69th Venice International Film Festival for the Golden Lion.
His fifth film, 99 Homes, was released in 2014. He dedicated this film to the late American film critic, Roger Joseph Ebert. The film bagged the Grand Prix at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2015 and was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.