Iran, 1990, 98 min, 35mm, Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, Not Rated, Persian with English subtitles, Janus Films
"Like nearly every other Kiarostami film, Close-Up takes questions about movies and makes them feel like questions of life and death." – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
The loss of Abbas Kiarostami to the world of Film, this past July 4th, is inestimable. The internationally revered Iranian master created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-Up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event - the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf - as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and narrative knots, Close-Up has resonated with viewers around the world.
CGAC director of programming Nat Chediak introduced Kiarostami and his films in South Florida during his eighteen-year tenure as founder/director of the Miami Film Festival. Nat will introduce the evening's 35mm in memoriam screening and take questions from the audience.
Join us at the Gables Cinema during our special tribute screenings, honoring the life and careers of beloved filmmakers who have passed.