Iranian veteran director Abbas Kiarostami was honored by Japanese government, receiving the Order of the Rising Sun (Kyokujitsu Shoujusho) from the country.
Abbas Kiarostami (photo by Idin Rahbar, Sharqh daily - June 2013)
Kiarostami told Shargh that his worry isn't "freedom," but rather Iran's "economy"
He was honored because of his efforts for cultural transactions and mutual understanding between Iran and Japan. He also made efforts to boost the level of films in Japan and spread Japanese culture across the world and in Iran through his artistic efforts.
Kiarostami has recently made 'Like Someone in Love' in Japan shown in Cannes International Film Festival.
The Iranian director was honored at Japanese embassy in Iran. The embassy has expressed the hope that Kiarostami would continue his efforts for friendly ties between Iran and Japan.
Premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Like Someone in Love has participated in some international festivals so far and has been screened in several countries such as France, Portugal and Japan.
The internationally-lauded Iranian film director, screenwriter and photographer Abbas Kiarostami has mounted numerous artistic workshops and programs in different countries.
Born in 1940, Kiarostami has received very positive reviews and acclaim from international critics for his diverse works of art such as painting, photography, Poetry and filmmaking.
He has also garnered many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.
"One of the most admired contemporary auteurs of cinema, Abbas Kiarostami is an inspiration for emerging as well as established filmmakers. His approach to filmmaking, which often defies conventional techniques, is much discussed and often emulated," the head of Film Programming at Doha Film Institute Ludmila Cvikova had earlier commented.
Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, And Life goes On..., Through the Olive Trees, and Where is the Friend's Home are some of his better known films.
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