Alireza Khatami

Assistant Professor // Directing, Cinema Production
School of Cinematic Arts
Alireza Khatami

Bio and Research Information

Alireza Khatami is an award-winning filmmaker whose trademark is folding fantasy elements into otherwise realistic narratives. His works reflect precarious subjects dealing with the questions of marginality, memory, and trauma, crossing various disciplinary boundaries. Alireza’s films have been showcased and awarded in top international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, and Berlinale. He was selected for the 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. His first feature film, Oblivion Verses, premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival to a standing ovation and won three major awards including Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay and FIPERSCI. The film was theatrically released in many countries to raving positive reviews.

Research Area

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.”

Schedule for Fall 2019-2020

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