Middle East Studies

Film Screening | Hamoun (1990) | Iranian Cinema Series S24

Iranian Cinema: Dariush Mehrjui: A Retrospective

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

195 Angell, Room 202

About the Series

The Center for Language Studies and Cogut Institute for the Humanities invite you to join us for a series of five film screenings through which we will explore the decades-long career of renowned Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. In the wake of Mehrjui’s tragic murder in Tehran in October 2023, we aim to pause and take stock of this remarkable filmmaker and his contributions to cinema, both domestic and global, and his command over wide range of modes, from comedy to family drama. In particular, please join us for a special event on Tuesday, February 13 hosted by the Cogut Institute’s Film-Thinking Series, which will feature a screening followed by a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

About the Film

Hamid Hamoun, a thirty-something intellectual of the Iranian upper middle class, is struggling to complete his philosophy PhD. When he finds out his wife intends to divorce him and sue for half their assets, he embarks on a downward-spiralling midlife crisis that we follow through the rest of the darkly comic film. In 1997 Iranian critics voted Hamoun to be the greatest Iranian film ever made, replacing Mehrjui’s The Cow (1969) in the top spot. 120 min.

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