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#29: Kiarostami – The Art of Living / Roads (2 films)

Directed by: Pat Collins & Fergus Daly / Abbas Kiarostami
2003 / 2005 / 52 / 32 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Pat Collins’ and Fergus Daly’s documentary is a unique film essay on the world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. The film is framed around two interviews with Kiarostami, one on the Aran Islands and the other at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Intercut with these are interpretations of his work by those at the forefront of film criticism in the world today: Alain Bergala, Godfrey Cheshire, Michel Ciment, Adrian Martin and Jonathan Rosenbaum and colleagues such as Marin Karmitz, Jamsheed Akrami, and Mohammad Attebai.


Looking to his own art for inspiration, Abbas Kiarostami reflects on the power of landscape, which combines views of the Iranian auteur’s austere black-and-white photographs with poetic observations, engaging music, and a politically provocative finale.