March 28, 2016 at Doc Films at the University of Chicago in Chicago.


Abbas Kiarostami is one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers. First gaining recognition as a leader of the Iranian New Wave and now banned from screening his films in his home country, he has crafted a poetic, self-reflexive cinematic style that is distinctly his own. This retrospective showcases the classics of his oeuvre, including his directorial debut Experience, the Palme d’Or-winning drama Taste of Cherry, and the docufiction Ten.
Presented by Doc Films and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

$5/film, $30 quarterly pass (, 773.702.ARTS).

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CLOSE – UP (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)

Close-Up focuses on the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a modest man arrested for impersonating his favorite filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In a masterful blend of fiction and nonfiction, the film re-enacts the events surrounding his trial with Sabzian and the family he conned, interspersing in real trial footage. The result is an intimate portrayal of a man’s self-discovery. Only through Kiarostami’s scrupulous lens does it demonstrate the power of art.

Runtime: 98 min; Format: 35mm

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