The prestigious Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui was murdered

Dariush Mehrjui when he was at the San Sebastián film festival in 1993 to present his film “Sara” (EFE) (ANTONIO ALONSO/)

Dariush Mehrjuione of the most important film directors of Iranwas stabbed to death on Saturday night along with his wife in their home near Tehran, according to a court report on Sunday.

Mehrjui, 83, was indelibly associated with the new wave of iranian cinemasince in 1969 he made “The Cow”, one of the first films of the movement.

Judicial sources told the state agency IRNA that Mehrjui, 83, and his wife Vahideh Mohammadifar were discovered with stab wounds to the neck in their house in the city of Karaj, near the capital.

The film director’s daughter discovered the lifeless bodies on Saturday night and notified the Police, who are investigating the case.

“During the preliminary investigation, we discovered that Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadifar, were murdered with multiple stab wounds to the neck” declared Hossein Fazeli-Harikandi, president of the Supreme Court of Alborz province, near Tehran, according to the Mizan online news agency.

In an interview published on Sunday by the newspaper Etemadthe filmmaker’s wife declared that had been threatened and that their house had been robbed.

“The investigation revealed that no complaint had been filed regarding the illegal entry into the Mehrjui family home and the theft of their belongings,” Fazeli-Harikandi stated.

The filmmaker had an award-winning career, in which he obtained 49 national and international recognitionsaccording to the agency More.

Mehrjui on the set of Postchi, 1972 (Wikimedia Commons)
Mehrjui on the set of Postchi, 1972 (Wikimedia Commons)

Among the most notable films of Dariush Mehrjui, in addition to “The Cow”, are “Mr Gullible” (1970), “The Cycle” (1977), “The Tenants” (1987), “Hamoun” (1990), “Sara ” (1993), “Pari” (1995) and “Leila” (1997).

All of these films were screened at the Forum des Images in Paris, during a tribute attended by Mehrjui.

Between 1980 and 1985, the filmmaker lived in France, where he worked on the documentary “Journey to the Country of Rimbaud” (1983).

Upon his return to Iran, he triumphed at the box office with “The Tenants.”

In 1990, he directed “Hamoun,” a black comedy that shows 24 hours in the life of an intellectual tormented by his divorce and his intellectual anxieties in an Iran overwhelmed by the technology companies Sony and Toshiba.

Throughout the 1990s, Mehrjui also portrayed the lives of women in “Sara,” “Pari” and “Leila,” a melodrama about a barren woman who encourages her husband to marry a second wife.

His latest film, Laminor, was released in 2019.

(With information from AFP and EFE)