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Abbas Kiarostami off to Films from the South festival in Olso


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, Cannes 1997, 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:

at the Cinematheque NFI in Oslo October 5. to 26.
at the Stenersen Museum October 5. to November 26.
WORKSHOP for directors, screenwriters, cinematographers and actors
At NISS from October 9.-14.
Kiarostamis first poetry collection Walking with the Wind will be published in Farsi and Norwegian with release October 2006.

Not east
not west
not north
not south
only this spot I am standing on now.

- Abbas Kiarostami


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.

Kiarostami was 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 published poems.


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