Dariush Mehrjui

Dariush Mehrjui

Still: The Cow
Dariush MEHRJUI (1939, Iran) is considered a pioneer in Iranian cinema. From an early age, Mehrjui spent a lot of time at cinemas and was influenced by Italian neorealism and classical filmmakers like Eisenstein and Griffith. After moving to California in 1959 to study film and philosophy at UCLA, Mehrjui decided to come back to Tehran in 1965 and made his first feature, Diamond 33 (1966). His second film, The Cow (1969), brought him national and international acclaim, winning several awards at major festivals including the FIPRESCI prize at Venice in 1971. This film is regarded as a starting point of the Iranian New Wave, one of the remarkable cinematic movements of the 20th century. During his career, Mehrjui continued to make a diverse array of films that have been screened worldwide and have gathered multiple awards.

Filmography

Almaas 33/Diamond 33 (1966), Gâv/The Cow (1969), Postchi/The Postman (1970), Agha-ye hallou/Mr. Naive (1970), Isar (1976, short doc), Enfagh (1977, short doc), Peyvand-e kolye (1978, short doc), Orjans-e Tehran (1978, short), Dayereh mina/The Cycle (1978), Hayate poshti madreseye adl-e afagh (1980), Voyage au pays de Rimbaud (1983), Shirak (1988), Ejerah-nessheenha/The Lodgers (1990), Hamoun (1990), Baanoo/ The Lady (1992), Sara (1993), Pari (1995), Leila (1997), Derakhte golabi/The Pear Tree (1997), The Mix (2000), Tales of an Island (2000, segment: Dear Cousin Is Lost, Bemani/To Stay Alive (2002), Mehman-e maman/ Mum's Guest (2004), Fereshte va farsh (2006, short), Santouri (2007), Persian Carpet (2007, doc, segment: The Carpet and the Angel), Tehran, Tehran (2010, co-dir), Aseman-e mahboob/Beloved Sky (2011), Hame-dana (2011, doc), Narenji Poush/Orange Suit (2012), Che khoobe ke bargashti/Good to Be Back (2013), Ashbah/Apparition (2014)

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