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.


LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
2012, IFC Films, 109 min, Japan/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In this spare, haunting drama, an old man (Tadashi Okuno) and a young woman (Rin Takashi) meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of 24 hours goes way beyond that of a part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client. “It’s a thing of beauty with a heart of darkness; the surfaces have never been so alluring, so enticing, so literally lovely. Yet the world [Kiarostami] depicts is one of surveillance and fear, coercion and rejection, pain and renunciation, danger and violence.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


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