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1 - 16 September 2022: Where Is the Friend's House?


Where Is the Friend’s House?
Abbas Kiarostami, 1987, 83 min
Persian with English subtitles
01/09 screening introduced by Ehsan Khoshbakht

The first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing Koker Trilogy takes a simple premise – 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 rural Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility. Sensitive and profound, Where Is the Friend’s House? is shot through with all the beauty, tension, and wonder a single day can contain.

Screening as part of The Koker Trilogy