Friday, July 8, 2016

Philosophical Treatises of Master Illusionist: Discussing Abbas Kiarostami with Jonathan Rosenbaum

A memorial poster for Kiarostami, announcing the free admission screening of his films for three consecutive days, every day from 1 to 9 pm, at the Artists' House in Tehran.

A Conversation About Abbas Kiarostami between Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ehsan Khoshbakht

Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) Opens in a new tab or window., arguably the greatest of Iranian filmmakers, was a master of interruption and reduction in cinema. He, who passed away on Monday in a Paris hospital, diverted cinema from its course more than once. From his experimental children’s films to deconstructing the meaning of documentary and fiction, to digital experimentation, every move brought him new admirers and cost him some of his old ones. Kiarostami provided a style, a film language, with a valid grammar of its own.

On the occasion of this great loss, Jonathan Rosenbaum and I discussed some aspects of Kiarostami’s world. Jonathan, the former chief film critic at Chicago Reader, is the co-author (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa) of a book on Kiarostami Opens in a new tab or window., available from the University of Chicago Press. –  Ehsan Khoshbakht

READ THE CONVERSATION HERE IN ENGLISH, HERE IN PERSIAN, AND HERE IN SPANISH

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