Iranian film director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadifar, were discovered dead with knife wounds in their necks at their home in a suburb west of Tehran. The bodies were found by Mehrjui’s daughter, Mona Mehrjui, who had gone to visit her father on Saturday night. The couple was reportedly stabbed to death by an unknown assailant.
Dariush Mehrjui, 83, was a renowned filmmaker and co-founder of Iran’s film new wave in the early 1970s, which focused on realism. He had received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival in 1998 and a Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 1993. Mehrjui had also studied in the cinema program at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1960s.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident and have not provided any speculation on the motive behind the attack. However, it was noted that Vahideh Mohammadifar had recently expressed concerns about a knife threat on social media.