Speaking at a ceremony held Saturday on the anniversary of Hatami's death, Jeirani said that Ali Hatami was an artist who can never be replaced, and that he will always remembered in history.
The memorial ceremony was held at the House of Cinema with Hatami's lone daughter Leila and her husband Ali Mosaffa present, MNA reported. Many other cinematic figures and critics including Saeid Mostaghasi also attended, the report said.
The ceremony continued with the screening of one of Hatami's masterpieces, an episode from the TV series "The Sultan of Sahebqaran." The series aired in the years 1975 and 1976 on Iran's national TV channel.
Afterwards, Jeirani continued, "I don't think we will find another Hatami in our time. He belonged to his own time. Some filmmakers belong to history, which will always remember them, and Hatami is one of those filmmakers."
He later referred to Hatami's great movie "Mother" and continued, "I believe this film possesses one of the best dialogues in any movie. I do remember when Hatami was searching for a style of dialogue used in the urban movies, and of course he found the best one."
Critic Mostaghasi also spoke briefly and said that Hatami's works are the major ones rooted in our national cinema. He later talked about Hatami's efforts in mixing Iranian and Islamic cultures, adding, "Hatami always wanted to make a film on the Prophet Muhammad (S), but this never happened. He also paid careful attention to music and poetry in his films and therefore, he can be called the pioneer of musical cinema in Iran."
Leila Hatami also made a short speech and said, "My father was always busy writing and perhaps he stopped writing only when he was out shopping. I always felt this was quite natural thing for him in those years, but now I know how hard he used to work."
Ali Hatami was born in 1944 in Tehran and died in 1996. He was a filmmaker, screenwriter, art director and costume designer.
A graduate in cinema from the College of Dramatic Arts, his debut was "Hassan Kachal" (Hassan the Bald, 1969), the first Iranian musical film. Since then, he paid particular attention to unusual rhythmic dialogs and also the use of traditional settings and architecture in his films, stylistic details that became characteristic of his works.
"The Suitor" (1971,) "Sattar Khan" (1972,) "Haji Washington" (1982) and "Kamalolmolk" (1984) are among Hatami's credits.