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Mihrjūʼī, Dāriyūsh

Works: 93 works in 262 publications in 5 languages and 3,251 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Short films  Romance films  Documentary films  Comedy films  Fiction  Juvenile works  Children's films 
Roles: Director, Author of screenplay, Producer, Author, Interviewee, Scenarist, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī
Leila( Visual )

35 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wife in Iran who cannot have children is pressured by her in-laws into persuading her husband to take another wife so that he may have sons. A portrayal of the clash between tradition and modern marriage in Iran
The cow = Gaav by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2005 in Persian and English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small village in Iran, Hassan cherishes his cow more that anything in the world but, while he is away, the cow mysteriously dies and the villages try to convince Hassan that she has only wandered off. The griefstricken Hassan begins to believe that he is the cow
Hamoun by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in Persian and Arabic and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Hamid Hamoun, an executive in a large import- export business, who also works as a part-time English instructor. He feels alienated from Iranian society, bound by its conventions yet unwilling to abide by its rigid laws. His wife wants to divorce him but is unable to do so under Islamic law. In this film, husband and wife struggle to find their own solid ground
The pear tree( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Persian and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After suffering a serious seizure that has affected his memory, Mahmoud & mdash, a famous novelist and political writer, seeks out the solace of the country estate where he lived as a young boy in order to regain his ability to write. As he reconnects with familiar surroundings, the house in which he lived and the pear tree that once bore fruit, but which is now barren, memories of his childhood infatuation for his cousin, M, begin to surface. Flashing back to the summer he spent with his cousin, the middle-aged Mahmoud becomes once again the awkward youth of his past, and M, becomes the high-spirited girl who shared his love of poetry and games. But, his joyous reverie is overshadowed by the fact that his beloved M, has died, a fact he discovered during his time in jail as a political prisoner. Like the pear tree of his childhood, Mahmoud is filled with a feeling of barrenness that he cannot shake. Awards/Festivals: Silver Hugo Best Film Chicago International Film Festival 1998; Crystal Simorgh Best Actress & Cinematography 1998 International Competition Fajr Film Festival 1998; Singapore International Film Festival 1999
Sārā = Sara by Along Kamaludin( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in Persian and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Ibsen's classic play A doll's house has been adapted and set in modern Iran. Sara is the perfect young housewife, eager to serve. When husband Hessam requires an expensive emergency operation abroad, it is she who arranges the funds. For the next three years Sara labours secretly to pay the shady loan and save Hessam's manly pride. Then the truth is revealed and with it, the reality of her marriage
Pari( Visual )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in Persian and Iranian and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A top literature scholar suffers a nervous breakdown after a fire claims the life of one of her brothers. Her elder brother tries to save her. Unauthorized adaptation of J.D. Salinger's book Franny and Zooey
The lodgers by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in Persian and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an old, crumbling building occupied by four families, butcher Abbas Agha declares himself the legal representative of the landlord. Tempted by a housing agency to take over the house, Abbas Agha stops the lodgers from repairing the house. In the end, the house crumbles and the lodgers are physically and financially hurt. This cinematic satire uses the unhappy relations between landlords and tenants to reflect larger national realities. As Iranian critic, Behzad Eshqi, noted: 'In 1987, Dariush Mehrjui's The Lodgers became a turning point in the Iranian comic cinema and was called the best comedy in the history of Iranian film. Mehrjui had not made a new film for a while and his return to the Iranian cinema was conditional on making a film that would attract public attention. However, The Lodgers was not solely a comedy, but a new phenomenon in the history of Iranian comedies in terms of structure and theme. Mehrjui used slapstick as well as situation comedy in his film, which was an unprecedented experience in Iranian cinema. Various characters of the film did not make people laugh through their grimaces or verbal jokes, but it was the absurd situation of those characters that made people laugh; situations that were outwardly ridiculous, but inwardly tragic and which revealed regretful conditions of a society where various classes are fighting each other due to social and economic original discrepancies.' Awards/Festivals: Golden Plaque for Best Sound-Recording 5th Fajr International Film Festival 1987
The cycle by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

4 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in Persian and Multiple languages and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dariush Mehrjui took the title of his 1973 film from a line by the medieval Persian mystic poet Hafiz: "Because of the cycle of the universe, my heart is bleeding." This bleeding is both literal and figurative: A rural young man, Ali, and his ailing father become a part of in the corrupt and unsanitary "free market" blood industry when they come to Tehran's main hospital to seek a cure for the father. The young man becomes involved with a worldly and tolerant nurse (played by a sex symbol and movie star of the Pahlavi era, Fourouzan), and survives by becoming part of the black market working out of the hospital. Mehrjui said that he wanted to show "a human society of vultures, dedicating themselves eagerly to engulfing the lives of others." The screenplay was written by Mehrjui's frequent collaborator, Ghoran Hossein Sai'edi, a doctor who ran a free clinic who was later imprisoned and tortured under the Shah's regime. Though the Government Ministry of Culture funded the film, it was not immediately released in Iran due to the medical establishment's objections. It was awarded the International Critics' prize in Berlin and the Antenne 2 Grand Prize in Paris. It was finally shown in 1977 in Iran, and was instrumental in the foundation of the Blood Transfusion Organization of Iran. It was not seen in the U.S. until the day after the Islamic Revolution took control of the country. Mehrjui was a favorite filmmaker of the Ayatollah, but he struggled with the religious government's strictures. Awards/Festivals: FIPRESCI Prize Cinema of New Forum & OCIC Award Cinema of New Form Berlin International Film Festival 1978; Toronto International Film Festival 1978; Chicago International Film Festival 1978
Santūrī = Santouri the music man( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Persian and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musician who plays an ancient instrument finds his life taking a tragic turn when his addiction to heroin causes him to lose his job and his wife
Mum's guest( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Persian and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gently biting social comedy on the shared expectations of Persian hospitality. A mother of a poor family has guests coming for dinner, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party organized without calling in the resources of the whole neighborhood, centered on the communal courtyard of their traditional apartment building
The lady by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in Persian and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Miriam, the wife of a wealthy businessman, discovers her husband has been having an affair and wants to divorce her, she is devastated. However, when she meets a middle-aged couple who have fallen on hard times, she takes them in as guests in her large but lonely house. So begins her 'adoption' of the city's outcasts, who include an elderly man recently released from hospital and a woman with a sick infant. However, although her house guests provide valuable companionship and satisfy her desire to give of her material wealth, Miriam soon discovers that some of her companions are not as honest as she might think. Loosely based on Luis Bunuel's scathing classic Viridiana. Awards/Festivals: Don Quixote Award - Special Mention, Berlin International Film Festival 1999; Karlovy Vary Film Festival 1999; Mar del Plata Film Festival 1999. Singapore International Film Festival 1999
Dear cousin is lost( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in Persian and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear Cousin is Lost was first screened at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival as the first part of a two film feature titled, Tales of Kish (the second part being Testing Democracy). Set on Kish, a duty-free island in Iran, Dear Cousin Is Lost constitutes a highly eccentric narrative about lost love and longing. The film deftly blends farce and romance, comedy and drama to tell the story of an actor (Ali) who keeps seeing the spector of his dead bride flying through the sky while he tries to shoot a film scene. Shifting between fantasy and reality, Ali momentarily dies during the film shoot when he opts to join his bride on an aerial sojourn around the island. Despite being content to stay with his wife, Ali is eventually returned back to the land of the living. Festivals: Cannes Film Festival 1998
Mr. Gullible( Visual )

1 edition published in 1972 in Persian and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While on the surface Mr. Gullible contains all the hallmarks of a good comedy, at its heart this movie portrays with uncommon clarity the pitfalls of love and the pain of betrayal. When the protagonist leaves his small village and travels to Tehran to find a wife, he does so with all the gusto and naivete of one who has not experienced the world. Yet even when Mr. Gullible encounters some of the harsh realities of the big city, he is not dissuaded from accomplishing his mission to find a bride. When he finally meets what he believes is the perfect woman, Mr Gullible showers her with gifts and asks her to marry him. However, his romantic visions of life with his lady love are obliterated when he discovers her true identity
The mix by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in Persian and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are just three days left until the commencement of the Fajr International Film Festival. Everyone, including the filmmaking crew, are doing their best to get the film ready for showing at the Festival, but there are many issues and endless problems along the way to confront. Festivals: Fajr Film Festival
The postman by Dāriyūsh Mihrjūʼī( Visual )

1 edition published in 1971 in Persian and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taghi, a postman, lives with his beautiful young wife on his master's land. He is sexually weak. His doctor is a vet who treats him with herbal medicines. The master's nephew is a young engineer who aims to establish a pig breeding farm on his uncle's land. The young engineer sleeps with Taghi's wife. Taghi's ego is hurt because of humiliation and hard work. When he finds out about the engineer's relationship with his wife, he kills his wife and goes crazy. They take him to a mental institution. Mehrjui's fourth film, The Postman, is a political satire based on Georg Buchner's play, Woyzeck. As Mehrjui said in 1979: 'After the screening of The Postman, many viewers and critics accused me of suspicion. This group stated that Mehrjui's film characters are always weak in the society. They especially wanted to know the reason for Taghi's fight with the master with an empty gun in hand. But they had forgotten the point that I only discuss the problems as a director, and finding the answers is among the viewers duties ... ' Awards/Festivals: Golden Plaque of the Jury, Berlin Festival 1972; Interfilm Award Forum of New Cinema Berlin International Film Festival 1972; Chicago International Film Festival
Shirak( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in Persian and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set against the stunning landscape of rural Iran, Shirak is a symbolic rural drama centered on a young boy who lives in a small agricultural village that is being terrorized by wild boars. When his father is mauled to death by the boars during an attack on one of the village fields, Shirak suddenly finds himself the head of the household. Determined to hunt down the dangerous animals and kill them, he picks dates in order to be able to purchase a watchdog from one of the local villagers. Together, Shirak and his dog confront the beasts when they attack the village. While filming Shirak in 1988, his eleventh film, Mehrjui observed, 'I can remark that this film is different from my other works. Maybe it's because I've used epic for the first time to describe the story. The major reason for my attraction to story was its difference. Another attractive point of the story was the growth of the youth and the way you can show the process of growth in a teenager by putting thoughts and actions together into one. It's the never-ending process of a human being in search of himself and his personality, and that's the reason he has to go through a particular route.'
Bemani( Visual )

4 editions published in 2002 in Persian and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plight of Iranian women is detailed in this harrowing drama from Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. Attempting to escape an arranged marriage with a much older man, a desperate young woman follows the example of her friend and opts for self-immolation. Bemani made it's theatrical debut at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
Good to be back( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in Persian and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, directed by Dariush Mehrjui, features actors Hamed Behdad, Mahnaz Afshar, and Reza Attaran
Tehran Tehran( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in Persian and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film consists of two short dramas, one directed by Dariush Mehrjui and the other by Mehdi Karampoor, featuring Ali Abedini, Katayun Amir Ebrahimi, and Borzou Arjmand
The school we went = Hayat-e poshti madrese-ye adl-e afagh( Visual )

1 edition published in 1980 in Persian and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, directed by Dariush Mehrjui, is about a group of students who rebel against their principal
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The pear tree
Alternative Names
Dāriyūsh Mihrjūyī

Mehrjui, Dariush

Mehrjuie, Dariush

Mihrjūʼī, Dāryūsh

Mihrjūyī, Dāriyūsh

Mihrjūyī, Dāryūsh

داريوش مهرجويى

‏مهرجوى، داريوش.

مهرجويى، داريوش

‏مهرجوئي، دارىوش.