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September 5, 2011

by Tina Hassannia Retrospective

Life, and Nothing More… | Abbas Kiarostami

September 5, 2011

When Abbas Kiarostami made Where Is the Friend’s Home?, he had no intention of making a trilogy. But his next two films, Life, and Nothing More… and Through the Olive Trees, were coined as such by critics; each exists as a fiction film within the other, and all are centered around the village of Koker. Friend’s Home is treated as a fiction within the world of Life, while a scene from Life is seen being filmed in Olive Trees. The ‘Koker Trilogy’ tag stuck,…

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by Tina Hassannia Retrospective

Through the Olive Trees | Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami has mostly stayed away from love stories—he tends to find it impossible in his films to recreate situations that even remotely hint at intimacy, his art being so closely monitored by authorities whose conservative religious values disallow any such representation. Through the…

September 5, 2011
by Calum Marsh Retrospective

Taste of Cherry | Abbas Kiarostami

Part of the appeal of a film like Taste of Cherry—Kiarostami’s minimalist masterpiece, all white-canvas stretches of silence and inaction—lies in its openness to interpretation, in how it invites us to invest meaning in it rather than simply extract the meaning imposed upon it.…

September 5, 2011
by Calum Marsh Retrospective

Close Up | Abbas Kiarostami

Whether a film does or does not present the truth seems considerably less important to us than whether or not it intends to do so. That is, we don’t really care whether a movie is based in fact or based in fiction so much as…

September 5, 2011
by Kathie Smith Retrospective

The Wind Will Carry Us | Abbas Kiarostami

In retrospect, Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us represents the calm before a contentious political decade between Iran and the U.S., one that dragged filmmakers into the fray. Two years after the film’s American release, George Bush named Iran part of an “Axis of…

September 5, 2011