Born in 1941 in Sari, north of Iran, Sinaei finished high school in 1958 and went to Austria for further education. He spent four years studying architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and studied music composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He was also graduated as cinema and television director. In 1963, he published a poetry collection ‘Muds Blisters’ as well.
One of his documentary films ‘Talking with a Shadow’ is about the legendary Iranian writer Sadegh Hedayat who was a pioneer of Iranian modern literature. Sinaei was the first Iranian film director to win an international prize after the Islamic revolution in Iran.
He has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his ‘The Lost Requiem’ a documentary about Polish citizens who had escaped the concentration camps of the former Soviet Union and took shelter in Iran.
His feature film ‘Bride of Fire’, won a Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Crystal Simorgh for best screenplay at the 18th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
Sinaei’s published books are: ‘The Man in White’; ‘The Artists of a Bloodshedding Era’; ‘The Bride of Fire’ (Film Script); ‘The Post-communist Cinema’ (translated from English); ‘The Lost Requiem’, and ‘My Journey and Adventures in Iran’, a book by Ármin Vámbéry (1863) translated from German.