A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami Feb 08 – Feb 17
Special offer for retrospective attendees: See Kiarostami's latest masterpiece Like Someone in Love (NYFF50), opening February 15, for just $9 when you present any ticket stub from this series at the box office!
From sublime shorts and early documentaries and narratives on through a stunning string of films in the 1990s and a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the possibilities of digital video in the new century, the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami stands as one of contemporary cinema’s most vital and important statements. This comprehensive survey offers audiences a rare chance to take in the full measure of a grand master. Series programmed by Robert Koehler.
In This Series
An antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) and a philosopher (William Shimell) may—or may not—be meeting for the first time in Abbas Kiarostami’s stimulating and provocative relationship drama.Read more »
Thursday, February 145:15pm
Saturday, February 167:15pm
A masterful exploration of the nature of truth and cinematic illusion with a distinctly humorous tone, Close-Up has been widely hailed as one of Kiarostami’s crowning achievements and among the greatest films of the 1990s.Read more »
Friday, February 087:15pm
Tuesday, February 125:00pm
Due to print availability issues, Fellow Citizen and Orderly or Disorderly will be shown on DVD. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Caught up in Tehran’s insane bottlenecks and gridlock, a traffic cop tries to enforce the rules and regulations in Kiarostami’s comic documentary portrait. Screening with Orderly or Disorderly.Read more »
Saturday, February 165:30pm
Due to print availability issues, First Graders and Solution No. 1 will be shown on DVD. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Disruptive students in an elementary school are sent to the principal’s office for the familiar cycle of questioning, confession, and repentance in Kiarostami’s typically sly, observant documentary about grade-school rituals. Screening with Solution No. 1Read more »
Saturday, February 093:30pm
A stunning five-part video work that engulfs the viewer in the mesmerizing details of small moments in mostly watery landscapes. One of Kiarostami’s most daring experiments. Screening with Roads of KiarostamiRead more »
Thursday, February 149:45pm
Due to print availability issues, Homework will be shown on DVD. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In this “filmed inquiry,” Kiarostami questions grade-school students about their excessive homework, the allure of TV cartoons, and other temptations with delightful and unforgettable results. Screening with BreaktimeRead more »
Saturday, February 095:30pm
In the second part of Kiarostami’s celebrated Koker trilogy, the director’s onscreen alter-ego goes searching for the stars of his previous film, Where is the Friend’s Home?, in the earthquake-devastated rubble of a Northern Iranian village.Read more »
Sunday, February 107:00pm
Wednesday, February 137:30pm
In the magnificent concluding chapter of the “Koker” trilogy, Kiarostami now looks at the process of filmmaking from a double-layered remove, as a local stonemason, cast in a role in the film-within-the-film, continues to pursue his leading lady long after the director says “cut.”Read more »
Sunday, February 109:00pm
Thursday, February 147:30pm
Kiarostami’s first full-length feature depicts a resourceful but amoral 10-year-old boy stopping at nothing to see the Iranian national football team play an important match. Screening with Bread and AlleyRead more »
Saturday, February 097:30pm
Wednesday, February 135:30pm
Due to print availability issues, we will no longer be showing The Experience as part of this program.
A young teen orphan boy works where he sleeps, in a photography shop, which becomes an arena for his growing fascination with a more mature, middle-class girl. Screening with Bread and Alley (10m) and Breaktime (11m).Read more »
Sunday, February 102:30pm
In the first part of Kiarostami’s internationally acclaimed “Koker” trilogy, a schoolboy’s journey to return his best friend’s notebook reveals much about the human condition. Screening with Two Solutions for One ProblemRead more »
Sunday, February 105:00pm
Tuesday, February 1210:00pm
A camera crew imposes upon the people of a remote village, resulting in an uncommon meditation on culture and human activity that is one of Kiarostami’s crowning masterpieces.Read more »