Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami, (born June 22, 1940, Tehran, Iran - died July 4, 2016, Paris, France), Iranian filmmaker known for experimenting with the boundaries between reality and fiction throughout a four-decade career.

Kiarostami studied painting and graphic arts at the University of Tehran and spent a period designing posters, illustrating children’s books, and directing advertisements and film credit sequences. He was hired in 1969 by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults to establish its film division. The institute produced his first film as a director, the lyrical short Nan va kucheh (1970; Bread and Alley), which featured elements that would define his later work: improvised performances, documentary textures, and real-life rhythms. His first feature, Mosafer (1974; The Traveler), about a rebellious village boy determined to go to Tehran and watch a football (soccer) match, is an indelible portrait of a troubled adolescent. In the 1980s Kiarostami’s documentaries Avaliha (1984; First Graders) and Mashq-e shab (1989; Homework) offered further insight into the lives of Iranian schoolchildren.

In the Koker trilogy, named for the village where much of the trilogy takes place, Kiarostami moved from his traditional subject matter of the moral lives of children to explore the overlap between films and reality. In Khaneh-ye dust kojast? (1987; Where Is the Friend’s Home?), an eight-year-old boy must return his friend’s notebook, but he does not know where his friend lives. The second film, Zendegi va digar hich (1992; And Life Goes On…, or Life and Nothing More), follows the journey of the director (played by an actor) of Where Is the Friend’s Home? to Koker, damaged by a severe earthquake since the first film, to find the young boy who starred in that movie. And Life Goes On… was also the first of Kiarostami’s films centred around a car trip, a motif he would return to often in his career. The final film in the trilogy, ĝir-e darakhtan-e eyton (1994; Through the Olive Trees), is about an actor’s difficult romantic pursuit of a fellow actress during the filming of And Life Goes On…. During this period Kiarostami also made Namay-e nadik (1990; Close-Up), which tells the true story of a film buff who swindled an upper-class Tehran family by pretending to be noted director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film buff, the family, and Makhmalbaf all played themselves. The Koker trilogy and Close-Up brought Kiarostami international acclaim. His screenplay for Jafar Panahi’s Badkonak-e sefid (1995; The White Balloon), a look at life through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl, further increased his reputation.

In Taʿm-e gilas (1997; Taste of Cherry), a man drives around the hills outside Tehran trying to find someone who will bury him after he commits suicide. (The movie was banned in Iran for supposedly encouraging suicide.) Much of the film’s action unfolds in long scenes of conversation set in the protagonist’s car. Taste of Cherry shared the Palme d’Or with Imamura Shohei’s Unagi (The Eel) at the 1997 Cannes film festival. Bad ma ra khahad bord (1999; The Wind Will Carry Us) tells the story of an engineer who travels with a film crew to a remote mountain village to document a funeral ceremony. The film is told in an elliptical style, with many characters remaining offscreen entirely.

ABC Africa (2001) is a documentary about Ugandan orphans whose parents died of AIDS or were killed in the civil war, and it was the first of several features Kiarostami shot entirely by using digital video. With Dah (2002; Ten) Kiarostami took advantage of the creative freedom offered by lightweight digital video equipment to do a film of 10 scenes set entirely in the front seat of a car. A young divorced woman drives around Tehran and has conversations with her son and a diverse group of women who form a cross section of contemporary Iran. Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003) is five scenes of a seashore shot without camera movement in a style inspired by that of Japanese director Ozu Yasujiro, and it began a period of Kiarostami’s work in which he made films that eschewed narrative. In Shirin (2008) members of an audience of women watch a film inspired by Neẓami’s romantic epic poem Khosrow o-Shirin (“Khosrow and Shirin”). The film consists, except for the credits, of close-ups of the women, and the film-within-the-film about Khosrow and Shirin is heard but never shown.

Copie conforme (2010; Certified Copy) was Kiarostami’s first narrative feature film since Ten and the first he shot outside Iran. In Tuscany a gallery owner (played by Juliette Binoche, who appeared in Shirin) invites an art historian (William Shimell) to tour the countryside with her. However, the true nature of their relationship is ambiguous in that sometimes they act as a long-married couple and sometimes they seem to have just met. Like Someone in Love (2012), which was shot in Japan, is about a young prostitute, her fiancé, and one of her clients, an elderly writer, and is another of Kiarostami’s films that features many driving scenes.

Kiarostami’s films garnered numerous awards throughout his career. In 2004 he received the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale prize for theatre/film.

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Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940) Untitled

Signed Print on canvas 105 x 157 x 2 cm

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Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940) Untitled

Signed Print on canvas 50 x 70 x 2 cm

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Tehran Gallery

Time Lapse

group exhibition, 22 June - 01 July

Time Lapse

London Gallery

Time Lapse

group exhibition, 07 September - 30 September

Time Lapse

Los Angeles

Time Lapse

group exhibition, 02 November - 14 November

Time Lapse 2 14 Nov 2018 at the CAMA Gallery in Los Angeles United States

Time Lapse 2 14 Nov 2018 at the CAMA Gallery in Los Angeles United States

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors.After enormous success in both London and Tehran, the exhibition will travel to the USA in November, to be shown at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

24 October, 2018


CAMA Gallery announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers in Los Angeles ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers in Los Angeles ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors. After enormous success in both London and Tehran, the exhibition will travel to the USA in November, to be shown at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

22 October, 2018


Art Beyond the Canvas CAMA Gallery at The Container Yard

Art Beyond the Canvas CAMA Gallery at The Container Yard

Art and Philanthropy combine in a new immersive event in Los Angeles in Art Beyond the Canvas

17 October, 2018


Posts tagged with CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art

Posts tagged with CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art

Behind the lens of renowned Iranian cinematographers

17 October, 2018


Kiarostami and Shirdel are going to London

Kiarostami and Shirdel are going to London

Art and Culture group: Mona Khosheghal, the director of CAMA Gallery announced a photo exhibition by filmmakers which presents the artworks of Kamran Shirdel and Abbas Kiarostami at CAMA Gallery in London.

19 September, 2018


Iranian Photography Comes to London for the First Time

Iranian Photography Comes to London for the First Time

‘Photography is the mother of cinema.’ said the late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami once. He should know a thing or two, about a thing or two, for Abbas Kiarostami’s sophisticated artistic legacy was the first the allowed us to truly catch a glimpse into the reality of those living in a country under strict political restrictions.

15 September, 2018


THE INTERRELATIONS BETWEEN FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

THE INTERRELATIONS BETWEEN FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Panel discussion at the CAMA Gallery, London

07 September, 2018


Opens 7 September Exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers at CAMA Gallery of Iranian art ArtfixDaily

Opens 7 September Exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers at CAMA Gallery of Iranian art ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors.

04 September, 2018


Time Lapse Art Map London

Time Lapse Art Map London

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by 7 prestigious Iranian film directors.

31 August, 2018


Best Photos Taken by Filmmakers for UK Exhibit Financial Tribune

Best Photos Taken by Filmmakers for UK Exhibit Financial Tribune

London branch of Contemporary and Modern Art (CAMA) Gallery is to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by eight respected Iranian cineastes from September 7.

28 August, 2018


CAMA Gallery of Iranian art announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by seven prestigious Iranian film directors.

10 July, 2018


Time Lapse Iranian Film in Photography

Time Lapse Iranian Film in Photography

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by seven prestigious Iranian film directors.

22 June, 2018


Showcasing photographs by filmmakers in the Time Lapse exhibition

Showcasing photographs by filmmakers in the Time Lapse exhibition

The Lapse exhibition will be held in CAMA Gallery, by exhibiting photographs by Abbas Kiarostami, Ebrahim Golestan, Kamran Shirdel and Naser Taghvaei from 22nd of June.

19 June, 2018


An exhibition of photographs by well-known Iranian directors

An exhibition of photographs by well-known Iranian directors

The Time Lapse exhibition will be held in CAMA Gallery, from 22nd of June to 1st of July, showcasing photographs by well-known Iranian directors such as Akasbashi, Golesan, Kiarostami, Shirdel, Taghvaei, Barzegar and many more.

18 June, 2018


An exhibition of photographs by Golestan Kiarostami Taghvaei and Shirdel in CAMA Gallery

An exhibition of photographs by Golestan Kiarostami Taghvaei and Shirdel in CAMA Gallery

The Time Lapse Exhibition, by showcasing photos of well-known Iranian directors such as Akasbashi, Golestan, Kiarostami, Shirdel, Taghvaei, Barzegar and many more, will be held in CAMA Gallery.

14 June, 2018