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Abbas Kiarostami

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Abbas Kiarostami

Internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1940.

Countries: Iran (30%), Italy (19%), France (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Cannes Film Festival, Parviz Kimiavi, Bahram Bayzai

Linked to: Harvard University Press, Lumière and Company, Tehran University, Time Out




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Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940 add something


As a painter, designer, and illustrator, Kiarostami worked in advertising in the 1960s, designing posters and creating commercials add something


He is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizai, and Parviz Kimiavi add something


Towards the late 1960s, he began creating credit titles for films and illustrating children's books add something


Bahram Bayzai - Beyzai is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes other pioneering directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, and Parviz Kimiavi


Between 1962 and 1966, he shot around 150 advertisements for Iranian television add something


In 1969, Abbas married Parvin Amir-Gholi but later divorced her in 1982; they had two sons, Ahmad and Bahman add something


An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries add something


During the filming of "The Bread and Alley" in 1970, Kiarostami had major differences with his experienced cinematographer about how to film the boy and the attacking dog add something


In the 1970s, as part of the Iranian cinematic renaissance, Kiarostami pursued an individualistic style of film making add something


Following "The Experience" , Kiarostami released "The Traveller" in 1974 add something


In 1975, Kiarostami directed two short films "So Can I" and "Two Solutions for One Problem" add something


In early 1976, he released "Colors", followed by the fifty-four minute film "A Wedding Suit", a story about three teenagers coming into conflict over a suit for a wedding add something


His photographic work includes "Untitled Photographs", a collection of over thirty photographs, essentially of snow landscapes, taken in his hometown Tehran , between 1978 and 2003 add something


In 1979, he produced and directed "First Case, Second Case" add something


Kiarostami was one of the few directors who remained in Iran after the 1979 revolution, when many of his peers fled the country, and he believes that it was one of the most important decisions of his career add something


Bahram Bayzai - However, despite the value of his films and his substantial knowledge of the arts, like other Iranian film directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, the Government of Iran has never supported his career, neither before nor after the 1979 Iranian Revolution


In the early 1980s, Kiarostami directed several short films including "Dental Hygiene" , "Orderly or Disorderly" , and "The Chorus" add something


In 1983, he directed "Fellow Citizen", but it was not until 1987 that Kiarostami began to gain recognition outside Iran with the release of "Where Is the Friend's Home-" add something


!Venice Film Festival - Other representatives include the Venice Film Festival in 1985, the Locarno International Film Festival in 1990, the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 1996, the São Paulo International Film Festival in 2004, the Capalbio Cinema Festival in 2007 , and the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival in 2011 add something


In 1987, Kiarostami was involved in the screenwriting of "The Key", which he edited but did not direct add something


In 1989, he released "Homework" add something


As illustrated in the aftermath of the 1990 Tehran earthquake disaster, they represent an ongoing opposition between life and death and the power of human resilience to overcome and defy destruction add something


The film follows a father and his young son as they drive from Tehran to Koker in search of two young boys who they fear might have perished in the 1990 earthquake add something


The trilogy went on to become successful in France in the 1990s and other countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Finland add something


Cannes Film Festival - Kiarostami has been a jury member at numerous film festivals, most notably the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, 2002 and 2005 add something


At the age of 15, Bahman Kiarostami became a director and cinematographer by directing a documentary "Journey to the Land of the Traveller" in 1993 add something


This in turn symbolically links to post-earthquake reconstruction in "Through the Olive Trees" in 1994 add something


Between 1995 and 1996, he was involved in the production of "Lumière and Company", a collaboration with 40 other film directors add something


In 1995, Miramax Films released "Through the Olive Trees" in the US theatrically add something


Jafar Panahi - After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi first achieved international recognition with his feature film debut "The White Balloon" in 1995


In 1999, He published a collection of his poems add something


Kiarostami directed "The Wind Will Carry Us" in 1999, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival add something


Kiarostami has received worldwide acclaim for his work from both audiences and critics, and, in 1999, he was unequivocally voted the most important film director of the 1990s by two international critics' polls add something


San Francisco Film Festival - In 2000, at the San Francisco Film Festival award ceremony, Kiarostami surprised everyone by giving away his Akira Kurosawa Prize for lifetime achievement in directing to veteran Iranian actor Behrooz Vossoughi for his contribution to Iranian cinema add something


Kiarostami has won the admiration of audiences and critics worldwide and received at least seventy awards up to the year 2000 add something


In 2001, Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, traveled to Kampala , Uganda at the request of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, to film a documentary about programs assisting Ugandan orphans add something


Niki Karimi - In 2001, she won her first *award as a director in Iran's Rain film festival for her work To Have or Not to Have, which was produced by renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami


New York Film Festival - In 2002, he was refused a visa to attend the New York Film Festival in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center add something


Ten (2002 film) - "'Ten"' is a 2002 Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami and starring Mania Akbari


In 2003, Kiarostami directed "Five", a poetic feature with no dialogue or characterization add something


Kiarostami produced Mozart's opera, "Cosi fan Tutte", which premiered in Aix-en-Provence in 2003 before being performed at the English National Opera in London in 2004 add something


Aki Kaurismaki - In 2003 Kaurismäki boycotted the 40th New York Film Festival in a show of solidarity with the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who was not given a US visa in time for the festival


Kiarostami produced "10 on Ten", a journal documentary that shares ten lessons on movie-making while driving through the locations of his past films, in 2004 add something


Also in 2005, Kiarostami contributed the central section to "Tickets", a portmanteau film set on a train traveling through Italy add something


He was the president of the Caméra d'Or Jury in Cannes Film Festival 2005 add something


In 2006, "The Guardian"'s panel of critics ranked Kiarostami as the best contemporary non-American film director add something


Juliette Binoche - In April 2006 and again in December 2007, Binoche travelled to Tehran at the invitation of Abbas Kiarostami.


In 2008, Kiarostami directed the feature "Shirin" which features close-ups of many notable Iranian actresses and French actress Juliette Binoche as they watch a film based on a part mythological Persian romance tale of Khosrow and Shirin, with themes of female self-sacrifice add something


Kiarostami's next, "Like Someone in Love", set and shot in Japan, received mixed reviews and even some pans upon its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival add something


On April 3, 2016, Reza Paydar, the director of Kiarostami's medical team, made a statement denying that the filmmaker had cancer add something


Mohammad Shirvani, a close friend to Kiarostami wrote in his facebook account a quote from him on 8 June 2016 that he has criticized his medical team: "I do not believe I could stand and direct any more films add something


On 13 July 2016, and nine days after Kiarostami's death, his family officially complained from Kiarostami's personal doctor for mistake in his treatment add something


"Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art." London: Phaidon Press, 2017 add something