We lost one of the cinematic greats this week, a veteran of almost half a century in the business. Here’s a visual farewell to ABBAS KIAROSTAMI.
Like most of the film loving world, we were saddened to hear of the loss of filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died this week at the age of 76. The Iranian director, writer, photographer and producer has made over 40 films since 1970, including shorts, documentaries and features. He is perhaps best known for his Koker trilogy (1987–94), consisting of Close-Up (1990), the Palme d’Or winning Taste of Cherry (1997) and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999).
His films were known not sure for their child protagonists, but for talking place largely in cars, most notably Ten (2010), shot through a dashboard mounted video camera, and more recent outings including Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone In Love. An accomplished screenwriter, he also wrote films such as The White Balloon (1995) for Jafar Panahi. His films were sometimes deliberately impenetrable, using minimalism to either completely hold your attention. As we commented back in 2010, “Kiarostami is not interested in the ‘hows’ and whys’ necessarily, but rather what the conversation can reveal about a person.”
The posters below do no represent his entire body of work, but are presented here as a mixture of original, re-release, and international versions to demonstrate how his work translated across the globe.
THE REPORT (1977)
Abbas Kiarostami’s first full length film
THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (1994)
A TASTE OF CHERRY (1997)
THE WIND WILL CARRY US (1999)
CERTIFIED COPY (2010)
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (2012)