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The Six Degrees of… Abbas Kiarostami

The Gulf Film Festival is hosting a Master Class with internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Kipp finds out how he’s connected to a would-be actor/politician and a Russian Shayk.

April 13, 2011 5:47 by

Abbas Kiarostami is turning 71 this June 22. Renowned mostly for his direction of films like Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us, Kiarostami has also worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor and photographer, painter and graphic designer.

He has a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras.

Kiarostami was one of the few directors who remained in Iran after the 1979 revolution, when many of his colleagues fled to the west. He believes that it was one of the most important decisions of his career, stating that his permanent base in Iran and his national identity have consolidated his ability as a filmmaker.

In 2000, at the San Francisco Film Festival, Kiarostami was awarded the Akira Kurosawa Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film Directing, which he had given away to veteran Iranian actor Behrooz Vossoughi for his contribution to Iranian Cinema.

In 2006, The Guardian ranked Kiarostami as the best contempoary non-American film director.

Kipp finds it hard to find fault in this mutli-tasker who’s had his fair share of criticism and praise, especially from one of our favourite directors…


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