Five Dedicated to Ozu
Donna Honarpisheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on modernist Iranian film and fiction.
Kiarostami's film dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu is composed of five long shots, most taken along the waters of the Caspian Sea, each “starring” such actors as tides and driftwood, a gang of ducks, croaking frogs, or the reflection of the moon. Those wondering “where the action is” need only truly open their eyes to discover a different kind of cinema, and a different kind of seeing. Meditative or materialist, even metaphorical if you want it to be, Five Dedicated to Ozu provides a slate upon which to project any thought or emotion; it’s “both a lesson in cinema, and a lesson in being” (James Quandt).
Roads of Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 2005
What begins as an unassuming introduction to Kiarostami’s landscape photography turns into a poetic—then frightening—tour of motion and stasis, photos and dogs, beauty and destruction, led by the auteur himself.