Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Early Kiarostami: A Retrospective in London

The accompanying booklet designed by Sara Hessam Bakhtiari
Early Kiarostami is a small retrospective dedicated to the screening of 14 films by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, commencing from June 5, 2017, at Close-up Film Centre in London.

Almost one year since Abbas Kiarostami's untimely death, we celebrate the art of Iranian cinema's greatest poet by screening some of his rarely seen early films. Organised according to different themes or simply by period of production, this programme spans almost 20 years of filmmaking. It aims to reflect a journey from childhood (Bread and Alley) through adolescence (The Experience), eventually arriving at manhood and married life (The Report) – all depicted in incredibly vivid detail.

Early Kiarostami shows us an artist reframing the world and the relationships between individuals, demonstrating a uniquely creative involvement with actors – often amateurs and children – and producing philosophical works that reinvigorated the genres of documentary and narrative fiction, frequently blurring the lines between the two.

The programme concludes with Seifollah Samadian's moving documentary portrait, which captures Kiarostami both at work and in his daily life – and in which it becomes almost impossible to distinguish between them.

Ehsan Khoshbakht

Bookings at Close-Up.

Beginnings and JourneysMonday 05.06.177:30 pmBook
The ReportTuesday 06.06.177:30 pmBook
Adolescence and PovertyWednesday 07.06.177:30 pmBook
School FilmsTuesday 13.06.177:30 pmBook
Political AllegoriesWednesday 14.06.177:30 pmBook
SecondsThursday 15.06.177:30 pmBook
The ReportMonday 19.06.177:30 pmBook

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