Hamoun (1990) is an Iranian film directed by the celebrated film director and screenwriter Dāryūsh Mihrjūyi, who is a member of the Iranian Academy of Arts and one of the founding filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave cinema. Hamoun tells the story of Hamid Hamoun—played by Khusru Shakībāyī—an executive working in an import-export firm, whose wife, Mahshīd—played by Bītā Farahī—divorces him as marital tensions increase over the preparation of Hamoun’s PhD thesis. Due to her affluent background, Mahshīd views Hamoun’s humble lifestyle as a barrier to her pursuit of happiness. Mahshīd sees their marriage as an extra barrier to her happiness, along with her difficulties with Hamoun’s studies, and requests a divorce. As a result, Hamoun sinks into an overwhelming sadness and melancholy, rendering him unable to deal with the divorce. According to several critics, Hamoun’s narrative depicts the circumstances of a majority of artists, intellectuals, and educated middle-class people in the late 1980s, in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War—a state of perplexity, uncertainty, and despair brought by the loss of social and economic principles. Meanwhile, and despite its treatment of a distinct subject, some critics claim that Federico Fellini’s 8½ impacted Hamoun’s narrative and directing technique. Hamoun was awarded Best Screenplay at the 1990 Fajr Film Festival, adding to Mihrjūyi’s achievements as a pioneer of the Iranian New Wave.