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Celebrating the early films of Abbas Kiarostami

  • Kiarostami

5th June - 19th June 2017

British Council Iran and London's Close-Up Film Centre have launched a retrospective dedicated to the early films directed by Abbas Kiarostami.

Curated by Ehsan Khoshbakht, this rare selection includes 14 titles from the filmography of Iranian maestro, presenting both short and feature-length, documentary and fiction films made between 1970 and 1988.

The programme also include Kiarostami’s last short film, Take Me Home (2016), which he made from his hospital bed, and a 2016  documentary by his fellow film-maker and friend, Seyfollah Samadian entitled 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami. Selected titles from the program will be shown In other UK venues.

The screenings will kick off at Close-Up Film Centre, with Kiarostami’s marvellous first feature, The Traveller (1974). The season comes to an end on 19 June with The Report (1977), a little-known gem about the end of a marriage which had a huge influence on the new generation of Iranian filmmakers such as Asghar Farhadi.

We welcome you to join us for celebrating the cinema of one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation. The catalogue can be downloaded at right.

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