TEHRAN TODAY | 80 Minutes | Color | 1977
A documentary film about Tehran in 1977 by Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai
Khosrow Sinai (born 19 January 1941 in Sari, Iran) is an Iranian film director. His works are usually based on social documentations. He was the first Iranian film director to win an international prize after the Islamic revolution in Iran.He is also known as an Iranian scholar and has been awarded the prestigious Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
He graduated from Alborz highschool in 1958 (Tehran), and then went to Austria for further education where he spent four years studying Architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and three years study in music composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
He Graduated in Music Education from the Vienna Music Conservatory as a high honoured student. Finally he graduated as cinema and TV director (main study) and screenplay writing (subsidiary study) from Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (with an honours degree).
In 1963 he also published a Poetry collection Muds Blisters.
After these years of study he returned to Iran in 1967 and worked in the Ministry of Culture and Arts (till 1972), and as instructor in various universities in the fields of screenplay writing and documentary film until 1992.
He also worked in National Iranian Television (now called Seda o Sima) as producer, screenplay writer, director, and editor making about 100 short films, documentaries, and features.He is best known for his Avant-garde documentaries and also his unique style in docu-drama.He has been a juror in several national and foreign film festivals.
Albeit he made a lot of films and is respected as one of the best Iranian Film makers among intellectuals,he is not as much famous in public because of his negative attitude towards press,and vice versa.
“Arouse Atash”, (Bride of Fire)was one of his most successful films in box office,and attracted a lot of attention both by public and critique.