Abbas Kiarostami 1940-2016

This, as you can see, is the image of a leaflet produced by Farabi Cinema Foundation to promote Close Up (1990), Abbas Kiarostami’s first masterpiece.


"A Real-Life Situation Based on a Real Incident with Actual People Involved in Actual Locations." Capital letters are used as if it were a Title, and the four bullet points suggest it is a Manifesto. And indeed, without wanting to sound pompous, it is nothing less than the logline for the direction of cinema in the last 25 years.

The world has lost one of its greatest artists. Sharing the sadness over the loss a loved one, also brings the resolve to cherish the legacy.

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