To Love and Be Loved: 10 Films by Abbas Kiarostami

Sep. 11–17, 2019

We are thrilled to present this retrospective of the work of the groundbreaking Iranian filmmaker whose impact has been—and continues to be—felt around the world. “Film begins with D. W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami,” said Jean-Luc Godard. Throughout his life, Kiarostami (1940–2016), the most acclaimed and influential of Iran’s major filmmakers, also devoted himself to poetry, photography, and education. These passions can be seen in his cinema work, which are noted for their unusual mixtures of simplicity and complexity and fictional and documentary elements.

Programmed by Andrew Jupin

Close-Up Sep. 11–17 One of Kiarostami’s best-known works, this narrative-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man for impersonating…
The Wind Will Carry Us Sep. 11–13 A TV crew from Tehran arrives in a remote Kurdish village to film an unusual funeral ceremony but are stymied…
Homework Sep. 12–15 In Kiarostami’s second documentary feature about education, he interviews a succession of invariably cute and appealing first- and second graders…
Like Someone in Love Sep. 12–17 After the triumph of Certified Copy, Kiarostami traveled to Japan to create this mysterious and beguiling romantic drama. Playfully blurring…
Taste of Cherry Sep. 13–17 A middle-aged man is planning to commit suicide and is searching for someone to bury his body after the deed…
Certified Copy Sep. 13–17 After a decade of experimental video projects, Kiarostami left Iran behind and traveled to France for his return to narrative…
Where is the Friend's House? Sep. 14–16 The first film in what is known as Kiarostami’s sublime Koker Trilogy—three films that take place around the northern Iranian…
And Life Goes On Sep. 14–16 In the aftermath of the 1990 earthquake in Iran that left 50 thousand dead, Kiarostami returned to the village of…
Through the Olive Trees Sep. 14–16 In the final installment of the Koker Trilogy, this layered film goes behind the scenes during the shooting of And…
24 Frames Sep. 15 In what would be his final movie, Kiarostami created a dialogue between his film and his photography—the two artforms to…

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