5 - 19 June 2017 Close-Up Cinema, London: Abbas Kiarostami: Early Works
"Cinema begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." – Jean-Luc Godard
Almost a year since Abbas Kiarostami's unexpected departure, Close-Up celebrates the art of Iranian cinema's poet by screening some of his rarely seen early films made in the 1970s and 1980s for the Centre for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (known as Kanoon), but also The Report, a highly influential and compelling marriage drama from 1977. This programme shows the filmmaker reframing the world and the relationships between individuals through his creative involvement with actors – often amateurs and children – producing philosophical works that reinvigorated the genres of documentary and narrative fiction, frequently blurring the lines between the two.