Abbas Kiarostami: A Retrospective

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Friday, July 26 - Thursday, August 15, 2019

“Film begins with D. W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.” – Jean-Luc Godard

The most comprehensive retrospective of the Iranian master (1940-2016) ever presented, this three-week program screens all of Kiarostami’s features, along with rare shorts and short features, almost all in new restorations. Highlights include the Koker Trilogy of Where Is the Friend’s House?, And Life Goes On and Through the Olive Trees — the films that brought him international renown — his Cannes-winning Taste of Cherry, and special guest speakers.


The 2K digital restoration of The Koker Trilogy was undertaken by the Criterion Collection from 4K scans of the 35mm original camera negatives. The remaining 2K and 4K restorations were undertaken by MK2 in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata from 2K or 4K scans of the best available elements.

Film critic Godfrey Cheshire (pictured here alongside Kiarostami), who has written extensively about Iranian cinema, and Jamsheed Akrami, a scholar of Iranian cinema, film professor, critic and longtime friend of Kiarostami’s, will provide insight into the director’s work and his contribution to the country’s cinematic culture through a series of conversations.

National tour organized by Janus Films.