Cinema- Abbas Kiarostami, also the last film in our Iraninan package.
Abbas Kiarostami casts his masterful cinematic gaze upon the modern
sociopolitical landscape of his homeland—this time as seen through the
eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a
period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with
female passengers—including her sister, a hitchhiking prostitute
and a jilted bride—as well as her imperious young son. As Kiarostami’s
“dashboard cam” eavesdrops on these lively, yet heart-wrenching road
trips, a complex portrait of contemporary Iran comes sharply into focus.
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from
university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic
designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of
Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this
started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. Since then he has made
many movies and has become one of the most important figures in
contemporary Iranian film. He is also a major figure in the arts world,
and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films
and poetry. He is an iconic figure for what he has done, and he has
achieved it all by believing in the arts and the creativity of his mind.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
TEN, march 18
After the Makhmalbafs, we now bring to you another key figure in Iranian