Mehran Karimi Nasseri Biography
The Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri (Persian: pronounced [mehrn kaerimi nseri]; 1945 – 12 November 2022), also known as Sir Alfred Mehran, resided in the departure lounge of Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport from August 26, 1988 until July 2006, when he was hospitalized. He was given the name Sir Alfred Mehran. In 2004, his memoirs was turned into a book and given the title The Terminal Man. The film “The Terminal,” which was released in 2004, was based on Nasseri’s story.
The Anglo-Persian Oil Company had established a community in the Iranian city of Masjed Soleiman at the time of Nasseri’s birth. His father was a physician who worked for the corporation and was from Iran. According to what Nasseri said, his mother was a nurse originally from Scotland who worked at the same facility. In September of 1973, he traveled to the United Kingdom in order to enroll at the University of Bradford for a Yugoslav studies program that would last for three years.
Life in Terminal 1
Autobiographical book The Terminal Man
The Terminal Man, an autobiography written by Nasseri, was first released in the year 2004. It was co-written by Nasseri and the British novelist Andrew Donkin, and it was described as being “profoundly upsetting and wonderful” in a review that appeared in The Sunday Times.
Documentaries and fictionalizations
Lost in Transit is the English translation of the 1993 French film Tombés du ciel, which was based on the true story of Nasseri and starred Jean Rochefort. The film was originally released in France under the title Tombés du ciel. Nasseri’s life is recounted in “The Fifteen-Year Layover,” a short tale written by Michael Paterniti and published in GQ and The Best American Non-Required Reading. Paterniti’s work is a chronicle of Nasseri’s life. Waiting for Godot at Charles de Gaulle is the title of the documentary that Alexis Kouros made about him (2000).
The contemporary opera Flight was written by the British composer Jonathan Dove and was first performed at the Glyndebourne Opera House in the year 1998. Flight was inspired by the life and times of Nasseri. In March of 2006, the Helpmann Awards were presented at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, and Flight was declared the winner of both awards.
Sir Alfred of Charles De Gaulle Airport
Nasseri was also a part of the mockumentary called Here to Where (2001), which was directed by Glen Luchford and Paul Berczeller. Melissa Hibbard and Hamid Rahmanian collaborated on the production of a documentary titled “Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport” (2001).
It has been said that Nasseri served as the model for Tom Hanks’s character, Viktor Navorski, in the film The Terminal, which was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2004. Despite this, neither the promotional materials nor the “special features” section of the DVD nor the film’s official website make any reference to Nasseri’s situation serving as the model for the film. In spite of this, The New York Times reported in September 2003 that Steven Spielberg had purchased the rights to his life story in order to use it as the basis for the movie The Terminal. The Guardian reports that Spielberg’s production company, DreamWorks, paid Nasseri US$250,000 for the rights to his story and that, as of 2004, he carried a poster advertising Spielberg’s film draping his suitcase next to his bench. The Guardian indicates that this information was obtained from The Guardian. It was said that Nasseri was quite enthusiastic about The Terminal, but it was highly doubtful that he would have ever had the opportunity to watch the film in a theater.
Nasseri died of heart attack on 12 November 2022, at the age of 76, at Charles de Gaulle Airport