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The Toast of Tehran

Posted by alanmirs on March 1, 2007


With all of the political turmoil in the region, it’s easy to forget that Iran is a center of art — particularly cinema. The retrospective “Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker,” opening today, is a good reminder. The work of this master Iranian filmmaker and photographer has “a sense of open air, of human activity, of the world as an infinite series of pictures to be discovered,” says A. O. Scott. His movies, which span three decades, “are full of elegant, witty sequences and arrestingly beautiful images, reflections on the process of filmmaking and examinations of the concrete facts of human experience and the natural world. But what are they about?” Find out tonight, when Kiarostami himself introduces his most popular film, “A Taste of Cherry,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997.

The Toast of Tehran
Museum of Modern Art

A scene from the Abbas Kiarostami film “A Taste of Cherry.”

The Toast of Tehran
Museum of Modern Art

A scene from the Abbas Kiarostami film “A Taste of Cherry.”

http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2007/03/01/urbaneye/index.html?8ur&emc=ur

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