Alireza Khatami is an independent filmmaker whose trademark is folding fantasy elements into otherwise realistic narratives. His works address the questions of memory and trauma, crossing various disciplinary boundaries. He was selected for the 24th session of Cinefondation Residency of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent and the Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival. His last short film, “Mr. Chang’s New Address”, was premiered at Directors' Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Prior to joining DePaul, Alireza thought for three years at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. His first feature film, Oblivion Verses, a French-German-Dutch-Chilean co-production, won the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, the FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Film, and the Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
Directing, Cinema Production
Specific Research Area
"In my research I explore the poetics of cinema in the following areas: politics of identity and representation, memory and trauma, the interrelationship between trauma, language and the discourse of animality. In all these areas of research I seek to investigate the possibilities of a critique of identity thinking and of essentialist approaches to culture. I seek to understand to what extent the figure of the animal in its various manifestations can help me formulate a cinematic language that transcends the boundaries of beings and participates in the processes of becomings.”