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IRANIAN Director Abbas Kiarostami's CLOSE-UP: 20th Anniversary Re-Release

20th Anniversary Re-Release! New 35mm Print!
(Namayeh nazdik)
Iran 1990. Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Farazmand, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah
Colour, 35mm, in Farsi with English subtitles. 97 mins.

MAY 20-24
Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

VANCOUVER - Pacific Cinémathèque presents the 20th Anniversary re-release of Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up, one of the most acclaimed films of the 1990s.

"Close-Up is a very particular film in my oeuvre," says Kiarostami, Iran's most influential filmmaker and one of international cinema's greatest talents. "It's a film that was made in a very particular way; mainly because I didn't really have the time to think about how to go about making the film.... Believe me, I am still very surprised that I managed to make that film."

A mix of reality and fictional elaboration, Close-Up is based on the real life case of Hossein Sabzian, an unemployed young man who insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy family by pretending to be Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film features Sabzian and his alleged victims - playing themselves in dramatic re-enactments. Hailed as one of the most important films of the last decade, Close-Up still resonates with Kiarostami's unique style and poetic humanism twenty years after its release. "A film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion" (New York Times).

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ABOUT PACIFIC CINEMATHEQUE: Pacific Cinémathèque is a society and centre dedicated to the understanding of film and moving images in both the Canadian and international contexts. Through screenings and the provision of educational services and resources, Pacific Cinémathèque fosters critical media literacy and advances cinema as art and a vital means of communication in British Columbia and Canada. Since its incorporation in 1972, Pacific Cinémathèque has presented more foreign, Canadian, independent, art-house, classic, experimental, short and documentary films than any other theatre in Vancouver.


"Close-Up takes questions about movies and makes them feel like questions of life and death" (Village Voice). full review

"The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless." (Time Out New York). full review

"Lighthearted and entertaining throughout, Close-Up is cinema as reconciliation - human reconciliation as well as the reconciliation of incongruous realities" (Now Magazine). full review

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:00pm
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:50pm
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 8:50pm
Monday, May 24, 2010 - 4:30pm

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