Abbas Kiarostami takes his camera to south of Italy and shows us a beautiful and playful video of alleys and stairs there.
- Biagio di Tonno
- Adel Yaraghi
- Peter Soleymanipour
- KIAROSTAMI FOUNDATION
- IRANIAN INDEPENDENTS
Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.
Abbas Kiarostami (22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), CLOSE-UP (1990), TASTE OF CHERRY (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and THE WIND WILL CARRY US (1999). In his later works, CERTIFIED COPY (2010) and LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively. His 2016 film, 24 FRAMES, had a special screening in the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
Kiarostami had worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and had designed credit titles and publicity material. He was also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He was part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s. Kiarostami had a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras. He is also known for his use of contemporary Iranian poetry in the dialogue, titles, and themes of his films.