|Dariush Mehrjuii is the abstract of Iranian cinema: IAA director||
Speaking at a meeting the IAA held on Sunday to honor Mehrjui for his lifetime achievements in filmmaking and research, Ali Moa’llem Damghani added, “Mehrjuii has been active as a poet, filmmaker, painter, and has produced great films. He has not arrived at his high position easily and being an abstractionist in cinema is not an easy job.”
Senior Advisor of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Mohammad Beheshti and the Managing Director of the Persian literary magazine Bokhara, Ali Dehbashi, delivered speeches at the meeting.
Beheshti compared cinema with cultural heritage, “I think our cinema is a cultural heritage and will turn into a symbol of Iran’s art and culture in the near future. So we need to respect Iran’s cinema since it is in a higher position.
“If we are to choose 100 top films made in the 100-year history of Iran’s cinema, no doubt a good number of them were made by Mehrjuii,” he added.
“Filmmaking for Mehrjuii and several others is not a profession but concern. Their hearts beat for art and are soothed only through filmmaking,” he stated.
Dehbashi also stated that Mehrjuii is mostly known for his movies, but he has written and published many books. “Mehrjuii not only has a good position in cinema but has gained high achievements in literature,” he said.
Filmmaker Alireza Raisian regarded Mehrjuii as one of the most influential filmmakers in the past 30 years since he was able to establish a new wave in Iran’s cinema.
Mehrjuii also helped introduce great actors and actresses to Iran’s cinema: figures like Khosro Shakibaii, Parviz Fannizadeh and Leila Hatami.
The ceremony ended with the presentation of awards to Mehrjuii and the unveiling of a painting of Mehrjuii created by Habib Derakhshani.
“Mehrjuii, 40-Year Report Card”, a documentary on life and career of Dariush Mehrjuii directed by Mani Haqiqi was screened at the end of the ceremony.
Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay in touch and receive all of TT updates right in your feed reader