Naderi’s first film made after settling in New York, Manhattan by Numbers is the story of George Murphy (John Wojda), a laid-off newspaperman who has 24 hours to come up with the back rent he owes or be put out in the street. Desperately, he sets out to find an old friend who might help, yet when he discovers that his old friend has seemingly disappeared, George’s search begins to take on a whole different meaning. Naderi here creates a searing portrait of Manhattan in the ’90s, a deeply troubling look at a world as harsh and uncaring of human concerns as the desert landscapes so powerfully captured in Water, Wind, Dust; the film features a wonderful jazz score by jazz great Gato Barbieri. –New Directors/New Films 1993
Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری, born 15 August, 1946 in Abadan) is a notable Iranian film director, screenwriter and one of the most influential figures of 20th-century Persian cinema.
Naderi developed his knowledge of cinema by watching films at the theater where he worked as a boy, reading film criticism, and making relationships with leading film critics. He began his career with still photography for some notable Iranian features. In the 1970s, Naderi turned to directing, and made some of the most important features of the New Iranian Cinema. In 1971, his directorial debut, Goodbye Friend was released in Iran. Mr. Naderi first came into the international spotlight with films that are now known as cinema classics, The Runner (1985), and Water, Wind, Dust (1989). The Runner is considered by many critics to be one of the most influential films of the past quarter century. After a number of his films were banned by the Iranian government… read more