WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE?
KHANE-YE DOUST KODJAST?
1987, Janus Films, 83 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

The first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing trilogy of films set in the northern Iranian village of Koker takes a premise of fable-like simplicity - a boy searches for the home of his classmate whose school notebook he has accidentally taken - and transforms it into a miraculous, child’s-eye adventure of the everyday. As our young hero zigzags determinedly across two towns aided (and sometimes misdirected) by those he encounters, his quest becomes both a revealing portrait of Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility. Shot through with all the wonder, beauty, tension, and mystery one day can contain, WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? established Kiarostami’s reputation as one cinema’s most sensitive and profound humanists.


THE WIND WILL CARRY US
BAD MA RA KHAHAD BORD
1999, Cohen Media Group, 118 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Palme d'Or winning-director Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed film documents the arrival of an engineer and his colleagues from Tehran in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan. Assumed by the locals with whom they form an ambivalent relationship to be archaeologists or telecom engineers, the visitors’ behavior and keen interest in the health of an ailing old woman appear strange and their true motives are shrouded in mystery. Visually stunning, THE WIND WILL CARRY US is an absorbing meditation on life and death and the divisions between tradition and modernity that stands among Kiarostami s best.


CLOSE-UP
NEMA-YE NAZDIK
1990, Janus Films, 98 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and this may be his most radical and brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event - the arrest of a young man on charges that he impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf - as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, CLOSE-UP has resonated with viewers around the world.


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