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Meryl Streep to play role of Iranian artist Mokarrameh Qanbari

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (Mehr News Agency) - Meryl Streep has agreed to play the role of recently deceased Iranian artist Mokarrameh Qanbari in an upcoming Fox Film production, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.

Mokarrameh Qanbari

The Fox Film Corporation has purchased the rights to make a biographical film about Mokarrameh Qanbari and wants to shoot some of the scenes on location in her home village of Darikandeh near Babol in northern Iran.

Fox Film executives became familiar with Qanbari and her works during her exhibition in Los Angeles and proposed to make a film of her life. The contract was signed in early spring before the artist's death.

Meryl Streep in The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Meryl Streep has played in several movies including "The Deer Hunter", "The River Wild", "Sophie's Choice", and "The Hours".

According to Qanbari's son, the biography has been completed and the screenplay is being written. The film is to be directed by Iranian filmmaker Essy Niknejad, who currently resides in California.

Fox will shoot some scenes of the film on location in Darikandeh if the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issues a license. Otherwise, those scenes will be shot in Hollywood.

Mokarrameh Qanbari

Mokarrameh was born in the village of Darikandeh near Babol, Mazandaran Province, and despite her great talent, she never received any formal training in painting.

She accidentally began painting at the age of 63 when she came across some artist's paint her son had left at her home.

She continued her painting using bright, original colors inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of her neighborhood, and within a few years her works were noticed by painters in Iran and overseas.

She held her first exhibition at the Seyhun Gallery in 1995. The artist also participated in ten other exhibitions and was awarded the jury prize at the Roshd Film Festival and another award at the Rural Artistic-Literary Festival.

In 2001, she was awarded an honorary certificate at the Conference of the Foundation of Iranian Women's Studies in Stockholm and was named the year's exemplary woman.

In addition, she was named the "Female Painter of 2001" by the Swedish National Museum.

Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari has made a documentary film about the life and works of the artist entitled "Mokarrameh, Her Memories and Dreams".

She died at the age of 77 on October 24, 2005 and was buried in the courtyard of her house.

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