Close Up

1 July 2019: Close-Up Cinema Year 4


Marking the fourth anniversary of our cinema we're pleased to once again present Abbas Kiarostami’s fiction-documentary hybrid Close-Up alongside Nanni Moretti’s short Opening Day of Close-Up.

Opening Day of Close-Up
Nanni Moretti, 1996, 7 min
Italian with English subtitles

“At his cinema in Rome, the Nuovo Sacher, Nanni Moretti anxiously oversees preparations for the premiere of the film Close-Up, by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Meanwhile, Disney’s The Lion King is taking Italy by storm.” – Harvard Film Archive

Abbas Kiarostami, 1990 | 98 min
Persian with English subtitles

“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.” – Janus Films