In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

August 28–September 25, 2019

Complementing our Abbas Kiarostami retrospective, special guest lecturers offer varied perspectives on the great Iranian director’s work.

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  • Close-Up

  • Taste of Cherry

  • Where Is the Friend's Home?

  • The Traveler

  • 24 Frames

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Upcoming Films

  • The Traveler

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Iran, 1974

    Digital Restoration

    • Wednesday, August 28 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Ahmad Kiarostami

    A young boy in a rural village schemes and dreams his way to a big-city soccer match in Kiarostami’s first feature, similar to The 400 Blows. With short Bread and Alley.

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  • Close-Up

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Iran, 1990
    • Wednesday, September 4 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Marilyn Fabe

    An unemployed film fanatic who impersonated director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the subject of Kiarostami’s mind-bending docu-fictional masterpiece, which reenacts the entire affair with the impersonator and Makhmalbaf himself.

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  • Where Is the Friend’s Home?

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Iran, 1987

    Digital Restoration

    • Wednesday, September 11 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Marilyn Fabe

    This beautiful picture of the life of a child in a northern Iranian village is the first film in Kiarostami’s beloved Koker trilogy.

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  • Taste of Cherry

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Iran, 1997

    Digital Restoration

    • Wednesday, September 18 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Godfrey Cheshire

    The Cannes prizewinning mystery of a man who searches for someone to help him commit suicide. Naturally, everyone he meets has an opinion on the subject. “A masterpiece” (The Nation).

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  • 24 Frames

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Iran, France, 2017

    East Bay Premiere

    • Wednesday, September 25 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Ahmad Kiarostami

    Kiarostami’s final work strips cinema down to its essence—a single frame—creating a hypnotic meditation on image making and the act of seeing that pays tribute to both cinema and the great director’s other passion, photography.

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