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14 July 2016: A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami


"Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." said Jean-Luc Godard. What else can be added? Following the recent passing away of Abbas Kiarostami, we pay tribute to one of the greatest filmmakers of our times with a screening of Close-Up, which our organisation was named after.

Mania Akbari, Kiarostami's close friend and lead actress in 10, film critic and programmer Geoff Andrew and Ehsan Khoshbakht, Iranian film critic and curator, will be in conversation and introduce the film.

Abbas Kiarostami
1990 | 98 min | Colour | Digital

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event – the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently 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.