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Khosrow Sinai: A Retrospective

Though Sinai is mostly known for his films, he also is a skillful composer and accordion virtuoso, and has composed soundtracks for some of his own films. He has written and translated several essays about cinema and other fields of fine arts
Khosrow Sinai: A RetrospectiveKhosrow Sinai: A Retrospective

Iranian Art Museum Garden in Tehran will be hosting for 15 days a special program commemorating veteran author and filmmaker Khosrow Sinai, 77.

The program “Like a Tale,” set for August 24-September 7, will pay tribute to the filmmaker for his lifelong achievements and review the movies he has made during his career spanning half a century, Honaronline reported on its Persian website.

“Like a Tale” refers to a film of namesake title that Sinai made in 2006 based on his own short story “Desert and Blood”.

Appraising soundtracks of his films as well as his books is on the itinerary. A selection of old photos from his family album will also be on show.

Born in 1941, Sinai moved to Austria where he studied several majors including architecture, music composition, cinema and TV directing as well as screenplay writing.

Sinai’s filmography consists of several shorts, features and documentaries including “The Lost Requiem,” a documentary about Poles who took refuge in Iran during World War II after being forcibly sent to Soviet labor camps in Siberia.

In 1942, a group of Polish refugees released from scattered camps in and around the former Soviet Union, came to Iran after making the perilous journey mostly by boat through the Caspian Sea and some by land via Turkmenistan.

Some 120,000 Poles, basically children, soldiers and women, desperate to reach safety were welcomed by the Iranians and given shelter in Qazvin, Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad and Ahwaz

Sinai directed the docudrama “Talking With a Shadow” on the life of celebrated Iranian writer, translator and intellectual Sadegh Hedayat (1903-1951) in 2005.

“The Bride of Fire” (1999) is Sinai’s first feature film, co-written by Sinai and actor Hamid Farrokhnejad, on wedding customs and the tradition of compulsory marriage in the tribes of southern Iran. It garnered five awards at the 18th Fajr Film Festival.

“In the Alleys of Love”, “The Rainbow Island”, “The Inner Beast”, “The Lost Elegy” and “Viva” are his other notable works.

Though Sinai is mostly known for his films, he is also a skillful composer and accordion virtuoso, and has composed soundtracks for some of his own films.

Moreover, he has written and translated several essays about cinema and other fields of fine arts.

“Like a Tale” has been organized by Iranian Art Museum Garden, Cinema Museum, Avanegar Art and the Cultural Institute and Tehran Beautification Organization.

The venue is located at No. 33, Dr. Hesabi St., Darbandi St., Tajrish Sq.

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