Alireza Khatami is an award-winning writer and director whose trademark is folding fantasy elements into otherwise realistic narratives. His works focus on precarious lives, addressing the question of memory, trauma and identity politics, crossing various disciplinary boundaries.
Alireza’s films have been showcased and awarded in top international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, and Berlinale. His first feature film, Oblivion Verses, premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival. The film won three major awards, including the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, and FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Film. It was released globally via theatrical and streaming distribution. Currently, Alireza is an assistant professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University in Chicago.