Navid Khaste

The window to the world of Khosrow SINAI

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A conversation with “Khosrow Sinai” on the pretext of revising the film “The Lost Requiem” with the topic of interdisciplinary approach in his work.

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.

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