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Alireza Khatami

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Alireza Khatami ( Persian: علیرضا خاتمی ; Born 1980) is an Iranian filmmaker and educator based between the United States, and France. On September 3rd, 2017, his first feature film Oblivion Verses (Los Versos Del Olvido), a Spanish language co-production between France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Chile, premiered in the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The film later received Best Screenplay , FIPRESCI Prize for Best Debut Film , and Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue at the same edition.[1][2][3].

He teaches at DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media in Chicago[4].

Life and Career[edit | edit source]

Khatami was born and raised in Darab, Fars Province, Iran, where he was educated to become an engineer[5]. He moved to the capital city of the country, Tehran to pursuit a career in cinema, followed master filmmakers, such as Academy Awards winning director Asghar Farhadi, before he left for Malaysia[6].

In Malaysia, he studied Film and Animation at Multimedia University, and later worked as Visual Effects Supervisor[7]. During this time, he also wrote and co-directed a short film, Focal Point, of which the film won awards, and was an official selection at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam[8][9]. In 2010, he moved to America to study Film and TV Productions at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received a master's degree.

In 2012, he was selected as one of the Resident of Cannes Film Festival's Cinéfondation, and in 2013, the short film he co-directed with Taiwanese director Chang Jung-Chi, Mr. Chang's New Address, under an omnibus project title Taipei Factory, special screened at Directors' Fortnight at Cannes[10]

Khatami taught Cinema and Directing at Lebanese American University, and is currently an Assistant professor at DePaul University.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Other Titles Cast Note
2017 Oblivion Verses Los Versos del Olvido (ES)

Les Versets de L'Oubli (FR)

Juan Margallo, Tomás del Estal, Manuel Morón, Amparo Noguera, Julio Jung Co-written with Dominique Welinski, René Ballesteros
Year Title Other Titles Cast Notes
2013 Mr. Chang's New Address 老張的新地址 Jack Kao Co-directed with Chang Jung-chi

As a segment in omnibus film Taipei Factory

2013 Rain Dog Justin Andrews
2013 When the Curtain Falls Afshin Hafizi, Chantel Tattoli Experimental film
2011 Elephant in the Street N/A
2009 Focal Point Patrick Teoh Co-directed with Ali Seiffouri

Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Organization Award Film
2017 Venice International Film Festival Best Screenplay in Orizzonti Section Oblivion Verses
FIPRESCI Best Debut Film
Interfilm Best Film
Festival des 3 Continents Young Jury Award
2018 FIFDH Grand Prix
2009 Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Short Film (Shared with Ali Seiffouri) Focal Point

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lodge, Guy (2017-09-09). "'The Shape of Water' Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival: Complete List of Winners". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  2. ""Los versos del olvido", premiada en Venecia por los críticos internacionales". www.efe.com (in español). Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  3. "7th INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue". Interfilm.
  4. "Official Site".
  5. "LES VERSETS DE L'OUBLI - Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma". Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma (in français). Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  6. "Alireza Khatami • Director". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  7. "Alireza Khatami - Festival Scope: Festivals on Demand for Film Professionals World Wide". pro.festivalscope.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  8. "International Short Film Festival - Clermont-Ferrand". my.clermont-filmfest.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  9. "Focal Point". IFFR. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  10. "Taipei Factory: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-06.

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