One of Iran's leading filmmakers, Dariush Mehrjui, stabbed to death with his wife in their home
Eva Deschamps / October 16, 2023
One of Iran's leading filmmakers, Dariush Mehrjui, was stabbed to death on Saturday evening with his wife at their home near Tehran, the Judicial Authority announced on Sunday.
Aged 83, the filmmaker directed The Cow in 1969, one of the first films of the new wave of Iranian cinema.
"During the preliminary investigation, we found that Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadifar, had been killed by multiple stab wounds to the neck," announced the head of the judiciary in Alborz province, near Tehran, Hossein Fazeli-Harikandi, quoted by the Mizan Online justice agency.
In an interview published on Sunday by the Etemad newspaper, the filmmaker's wife announced that she had recently been threatened by an individual and that their home had been burgled.
Dariush Mehrjui's film credits include La Vache (1969), Monsieur le naïf (1970), Le Cycle (1974), Les Locataires (1987), Hamoun (1990), Sara (1993), Pari (1995) and Leila (1996).