Abbas Kiarostami off to Films from the South festival in Olso
FILMS / PHOTOGRAPHS / POETRY
During the festival Films from the
South opening October 5th 2006 in Oslo, a broad assembly of Kiarostami’s works will be
presented in Oslo.
Winner of the Palme d’Or,
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is one of the most important directors in
contemporary world cinema. Ranging from films and photography to poetry and
installations, his work represents a rare insight to one of the most important
artists of today. Abbas Kiarostami attains worldwide attention and in October he
will be honoured at different venues:
A COMPLETE FILM
at the Cinematheque NFI in Oslo October 5. to 26.
at the Stenersen Museum October 5. to November
WORKSHOP for directors, screenwriters, cinematographers
At NISS from October 9.-14.
PUBLISHING OF POETRY
Kiarostamis first poetry collection Walking with the Wind
will be published in Farsi and Norwegian with release October 2006.
only this spot I am standing on now.
Abbas Kiarostami is the most
influential and controversial film director in the post-revolutionary
Iran. At the same time he is one of
the most implacable amongst his contemporary directors worldwide. Through the
last decades, his films has been acclaimed and awarded at numerous international
film festivals, while Kiarostami him self has been exploring new ways to
challenge film as a medium.
educated in at the Teheran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. In the
beginning of his career he vas involved in painting, graphic art and
illustration of books. His first contact with the film industry was as a writer
of closing credits and maker of commercials. Kiarostami then founded The
Department of Film under the Institute of Childrens
Intellectual Development (also known as Kanun). He
governed the department for five years. At the same time he also made his first
film: Bread and Alley, in 1970.
Even before the Iranian revolution,
Abbas Kiarostami made award-winning films. But it wasn’t until the 80s and 90s
he got recognized as one of the worlds greatest directors. Twenty years after
his debut, Report (1977), he won the prestigious Palm d’Or of Cannes in 1997 with his
film The taste of cherries.
Besides devoting his life to the making of
movies, Kiarostami has also worked implacably for the art of photography.
Nostalgia has never been essential to Kiarostami, instead his dedication lies in
the various and more complicated aspects of life. There is poetry in all of
Kiarostamis artwork, in his films and photos, and now also in his recently
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