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Kiarostami thrilled by favorable response to his short docs

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The screening of three short documentaries by acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami received a favorable response from a great number of people in the audience upon its screening Tuesday at Tehran's Mellat Cinema Complex.

Abbas Kiarostami

The complex had allotted a small hall to host Kiarostami and art critic Alireza Sami-Azar for reviewing artworks currently on display in the exhibit "Young Pioneers" after the film screening.

But due to the huge crowd waiting to see Kiarostami's films, officials were forced to find a larger hall for the screening.

Addressing the large audience, Kiarostami first remarked, "I could not have imagined that such great number of viewers would come here today. I wish I had known this beforehand, and I do apologize to those who are obliged to stand to watch the films. I didn't think these shorts had this much value, but your tremendous enthusiasm encourages me to continue with these types of documentaries."

Kiarostami's solution for the problems of the world!

One of Kiarostami early works (1975) which involves two schoolkids breaking each other's stuff and getting in a fight because they didn't cooperate. The second solution is when they do cooperate and solve the problem.

The three shorts, "Sea Eggs", "Ducks" and "The Roads of Kiarostami" were next screened followed by a speech delivered by Sami-Azar on the movies.

"Sea Eggs" is an abstract film depicting the power of the rough sea and the three eggs standing on a rock against such great power, said Sami-Azar.

"The shape of the rock resembles the body of a man. The upper part looks like a head and the eggs are the heart.

"The sea has always been referred to as a powerful force in our myths which desperately loves to kill. The waves rush to the rocks drenching the eggs, which appear to have no power to resist and will drown. The sea restores peace and stays calm indicating that life and resistance constantly continue.

"In the film 'Sea Eggs' the tragedy of fate occurs and the film ends in sort of a calmness through an abstract narration," he said.

He then talked about "The Ducks" where the background is still the sea in which several ducks begin to swim. "All the ducks choose to follow the same path, but one duck raises doubts midway and changes its course without a motive. There is no clear explanation for why, but other ducks choose to follow him without any motive and become entangled in a futile attempt.

"'The Roads of Kiarostami' is about the endless line of communication joining individuals from one location to another. But in this movie, roads are not merely a phenomenon for communication. This film is desperately seeking expectation and hope so that the road turns into a conceptual idea. I believe the film is not depicting daily nature, geography or the every day scenery, but tries to take us on a journey deep down inside these things," Sami-Azar concluded.

The ceremony was brought to an end with questions from the viewers of the films and responses by Kiarostami.


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