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Merila Zarei is a Actor Iranienne born on 14 april 1974 at Tehran (Iran)

Merila Zarei

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Birth name Merila Zarei
Nationality Iran
Birth 14 april 1974 (44 years) at Tehran (Iran)

Merilā Zāre'í (Persian: مریلا زارعی ‎‎, born April 14, 1974) is an Iranian actress.


A graduate of Azad University of Tehran, during her studies she became interested in acting through Ezatollah Entezami's acting courses.

Her first movie was Patak by Ali Asghar Shadravan in 1994. She received the Crystal Simorgh for the best actress in a supporting role for The Friday's Soldiers (2005, Masoud Kimiayie), from the 23rd Fajr International Film Festival. She is also the winner of best actress of 32nd Fajr International Film Festival.

Best films

A Separation (2011)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Merila Zarei (16 films)

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Dokhtar (2016)
, 1h43
Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Actors Merila Zarei, Farhad Aslani
Roles Farzaneh
Rating62% 3.1007153.1007153.1007153.1007153.100715
Monsieur Aziz, père autoritaire et conservateur, mène une vie familiale sans incident dans une ville pétrolière du sud de l'Iran. Un jour, son équilibre est bouleversé par le comportement contestataire de sa fille, Setareh, qui préfère se rendre à Téhéran, pour participer à une fête d'adieu, plutôt que d'assister aux fiançailles de sa petite sœur.
Che (2014)
, 1h30
Directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia
Origin Iran
Genres War
Themes Political films
Actors Fariborz Arabnia, Saeed Rad (Said Rād), Merila Zarei, Babak hamidian
Roles Hana
Rating62% 3.1496553.1496553.1496553.1496553.149655
Six months after 1979 Iranian revolution there were some news that Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and Komalah forces in Kordestan are going to fight against Iranian revolutionary forces and take the freedom of the city in the region. Ordered by Ayatullah Khomeini, Mostafa Chamran is sent to the location to clear the city out of Kurdish forces. He has 48 hours.
Trench 143
Trench 143 (2014)
, 1h32
Origin Iran
Themes Political films
Actors Merila Zarei
Roles mother (Olfat)

Olfat is raising her children in hardship. She has one daughter and one son called Yonos who works in Kerman copper mine. Olfat used to go to the mine and give some food to her son. One day, she finds a note at home with this massage "My friends and I are going to enter the war as soldiers". After reading this note, Olfat and his friend's parents got worried about their sons. When operation Valfajr failed, they received news about Yonos's friend. Olfat is waiting for her son too. As she finds out that the Iraqi radio announces the Iranian captives' names, she ties a radio on her back and carries it everywhere.
Hush! Girls Don't Scream, 1h44
Origin Iran
Actors Merila Zarei, Amir Aghaei, Babak hamidian
Rating69% 3.498443.498443.498443.498443.49844
Sweet eight years of neglect and indifference of parents, an event that marks her for years that their scar on his soul remains all his life is overshadowed. Than the deeper the wound, and the event will lead to disaster, is that she is not one to share her pain with...
I Feel Sleepy, 1h30
Directed by Reza Attaran
Origin Iran
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Transgender in film, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Reza Attaran, Akbar Abdi, Soroush Sehhat, Merila Zarei, Fatemeh Hashemi
Rating58% 2.903552.903552.903552.903552.90355
Réza est un enseignant simple et honnête, arrivé à l'âge mûr, et a du mal à communiquer avec les femmes. Il rencontre avec une femme qui vend des bonbons. Celle-ci rencontre des problèmes pour greffer son rein à sa sœur.
A Separation, 1h54
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Leila Hatami, Peyman Maadi, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zarei, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi
Roles Miss Ghahraii
Rating82% 4.1491354.1491354.1491354.1491354.149135
Nader and Simin have been married for 14 years and live with their 11-year-old daughter Termeh in Tehran. The family belongs to the urban middle-class and the couple is on the verge of separation. Simin wants to leave the country with her husband and daughter, as she does not want Termeh to grow up under the prevailing conditions. This desire is not shared by Nader. He is concerned for his elderly father, who lives with the family and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When Nader decides to stay in Iran, Simin files for divorce.
About Elly
About Elly (2009)
, 1h59
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Actors Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Allidousti, Shahab Hosseini, Mani Haghighi, Merila Zarei, Peyman Maadi
Roles Shohreh
Rating79% 3.9981753.9981753.9981753.9981753.998175
A group of middle-class Iranian friends travels to the shores of the Caspian Sea on a three-day vacation. They are former classmates at the law faculty of the university. There are three couples: Sepideh and her husband Amir, who have a young daughter; Shohreh and her husband Peyman, who have two young children, including a son, Arash; and Lastly, Nazy and her husband Manuchehr. The trip is planned by Sepideh, who brings along her daughter's kindergarten teacher, Elly, in order to introduce her to Ahmad, a divorced friend, visiting from Germany.
Shirin (2008)
, 1h32
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Origin Iran
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Niki Karimi, Taraneh Allidousti, Golshifteh Farahani, Mahnaz Afshar, Juliette Binoche, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
Rating67% 3.3981053.3981053.3981053.3981053.398105
Cent-quatorze spectateurs, essentiellement féminins, assistent à la projection de l'adaptation cinématographique d'un classique de la littérature perse du XII siècle. Ces spectateurs s'émeuvent de l'histoire d'amour qui se déroulent sous leurs yeux : le film n'apparaît dans la mise en abyme qu'à travers sa bande son et les réactions du public.
To Each His Own Cinema, 1h40
Directed by Claude Lelouch, Abbas Kiarostami, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Nanni Moretti, Takeshi Kitano, Andreï Kontchalovski, Youssef Chahine, Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, Chen Kaige, Raoul Ruiz, Olivier Assayas, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cimino, Wong Kar-wai, Manoel de Oliveira, Jane Campion, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Atom Egoyan, Lars von Trier, Ken Loach, Walter Salles, David Cronenberg, Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Raymond Depardon
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Antoine Chappey, David Cronenberg, Yosra El Lozy, Taraneh Allidousti
Rating68% 3.4008153.4008153.4008153.4008153.400815
35 réalisateurs d'origines très variées (25 pays différents) ont tous mis en scène un court métrage de 3 minutes, sur le thème de la salle de cinéma. Le film en regroupe 33 puisque les frères Coen et les frères Dardenne travaillent ensemble. Celui de David Lynch ne faisait pas partie du film mais a été présenté en ouverture du festival.
The Command
Directed by Masoud Kimiai
Origin Iran
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Ezatollah Entezami, Khosrow Shakibai, Leila Hatami, Bahram Radan, Merila Zarei
Rating51% 2.562332.562332.562332.562332.56233
Mohsen (Poulad Kimiai), Foroozandeh (Leila Hatami) are two former couple.They and Sahand (Bahram Radan) who is their friend go to an Engineer manager's house to rob his safe. After that they go to Reza Maroufi (Ezzatollah Entezami), an old retired gangster to take a fake passport for Foroozandeh. Mohsen and Forozandeh struggle in the way and Foroozandeh returns to Tehran. Maroufi and Sahand also come back to Maroufi's house in Tehran and They see Foroozandeh that is injured by Mohsen .....
Two Women
Two Women (1999)
, 1h36
Directed by Tahmineh Milani
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Themes Feminist films, Films about domestic violence, Political films
Actors Niki Karimi, Merila Zarei, Atila Pesyani
Roles Roya
Rating68% 3.4473.4473.4473.4473.447
The film starts at some fourteen years after Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) and Royā (Merilā Zāre'í) became friends, while studying architecture at a university in Tehran. The events in the life of Fereshteh over the course of the preceding fourteen years are revealed through a series of flashbacks that represent Feresheh's and Royā's reminiscences.
Ekhrajiha, 1h44
Directed by Masoud Dehnamaki
Themes Political films
Actors Akbar Abdi, Mohammad-Reza Sharifinia, Amin Hayai, Merila Zarei, Javad Hashemi Pourasl

The movie, set in 1988 begins when Majid (Kambiz Dirbaz), a local thug from Southern Tehran is freed from prison along with his friend Amir (Arzhang Amirfazli). To avoid embarrassment, Majid and his friends have told his family and neighborhood that Majid is returning from Hajj at Mecca. His lie though is revealed after some mistakes by Amir and his other friend Bayram (Akbar Abdi).
Invitation, 1h35
Directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Actors Farhad Ghaemian, Mahnaz Afshar, Merila Zarei, Anahita Nemati, Soraya Ghasemi, Leila Otadi

Quelques couples affrontent des problèmes similaires. Leur approche est complètement différente vis-à-vis de la situation, ainsi que leur réaction respective.
The Unwanted Woman, 1h30
Directed by Tahmineh Milani
Actors Amin Hayai, Merila Zarei, Parsa Pirouzfar, Elsa Firouz Azar

A woman trapped in an unhappy marriage: Sima, must contend with a husband so insensitive that he makes no effort to hide his various sexual indiscretions. He forces her into an even more uncomfortable situation when he asks his wife to pretend she is related to his current girlfriend in order to avoid trouble from a society that punishes unmarried couples for being together in public.