Houchang Allahyari was born in Teheran, Iran. As a young man he came to Austria to further develop his early fascination with film and theater; at 17, he had already written film critiques for Iranian newspapers. His interest in psychiatry, however, led him to study medicine in Vienna. Today, he has a private practice in Vienna - dr.houchang.allahyari.at - and until recently was employed by the Ministry of Justice as a psychiatrist in a detainment facility for substance abusers, where for 20 years he worked and did therapy with young substance addicts.
In the public eye, however, he is best known as a filmmaker and director. After early experimental and avant-garde films, there began a collaboration with large Austrian production companies, resulting in successful feature length films which were shown and distinguished at numerous film festivals.
Feature length films:
"Pasolini inszeniert seinen Tod" 1985
Performer: Robert Hunger-Bühler
First prize at the Monte Catini Festival
with Hanno Pöschl and Thomas Morris, among others
film prize at the Max Ophüls Festival, international Festivals
"I Love Vienna" 1991
with Dolores Schmiedinger, Hanno Pöschl
April 1992: Houchang Allahyari is presented
with the Johann Nestroy Ring
1992: "Goldenes Ticket" for the most successful Austrian feature film of the year
Nominated as the Austrian contribution to the Academy Awards for "Best Foreign Language Film".
Presented as a teaching aid at numerous universities, among them the University of Delaware.
When the film was broadcast by an Iranian language station in the USA, it was watched by more than 30 million viewers worldwide.
"Höhenangst", 1994 - Prize for the best actor in a leading role given to Fritz Karl
with Fritz Karl, Dolores Schmiedinger, Leon Askin, Michael Niavarani
"Black Flamingos - Sie lieben euch zu Tode"
with Marianna Mendt, Dolores Schmiedinger
"Ene-Mene-Mu - und tot bist du", 1999
with Bibiana Zeller, Karl Merkatz
"Geboren in Absurdistan", 1999
with Karl Markovic, Julia Stemberger, Meltem Cumbul, Achmed Ugurlu, Wolfgang Böck, Josef Hader
Second prize at the Kuala Lumpur Film Festival 2003
Chosen by the European Film Commission for the "10e Festival du Cinema European" in Beirut, 2003
Hofer Filmtage 2003, Festival Vancouver 2003
More information: www.filmladen.at/geboreia.htm
"Rocco", 2002 Hofer Filmtage
Short Films (Selection):
"I Like To Be In America" 1981
"Trotz alldem" 1982
"Thing 84" 1984
International und national prizes, among them the Austrian Staatspreis
The development of a form of group therapy with new media, which led to films from and with young prison inmates, e.g. "Der Schritt"
"Persische Kultur im Westen", Documentary about the influence of Eastern culture on the West.
for example, Austria-Iran
(Commissioned by the ORF)
"Die zweite Generation", Documentary about the children and adolescents of emigrants
(Commissioned by the ORF)
Role in "Geschlossene Gesellschaft" 1991
Direction for "Mourning becomes Elektra" by Eugene O'Neill, Hoftheater Lobkowiz, 1994, a production of Ensemble 90, supported by the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the United States.
"Aktuelles Fernsehspiel" / ORF - "Der Tag, an dem sie Jack Unterweger fingen", 1992
"Und morgen der Opernball", TV-Film ORF 1992
"Tatort - Mein ist die Rache" ORF / ARD / DRS
90 Min TV-Film "Eine tödliche Liebe" for the ORF, then shown on numerous stations.