TEN
DAH
2002, Janus Films, 94 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

A feminine response to the male-dominated TASTE OF CHERRY, this deceptively simple drama features Mania Akbari as a woman who drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days, having ten conversations with various passengers in a space both private and public. As Kiarostami's “dashboard cam” eavesdrops on these lively, heart-wrenching road trips, a complex portrait of contemporary Iran comes sharply into focus. “In addition to being perhaps the most internationally admired Iranian filmmaker of the past decade, [Kiarostami] is also among the world masters of automotive cinema ... He understands the automobile as a place of reflection, observation and, above all, talk.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.


TASTE OF CHERRY
TA'M E GUILASS
1997, Janus Films, 95 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Abbas Kiarostami’s emotionally complex look at life and death elevated the Iranian auteur from the rank of critically admired storyteller to one of the premier names in international filmmaking. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran - searching for someone to rescue or bury him.


24 FRAMES
2017, Janus Films, 116 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images - most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife - and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 FRAMES is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.


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