2017, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France, 119 min.
- Fri, Oct 25th 3:45pm
- Mon, Oct 28th 6:00pm
“Teeming with life’s magic and mysteries…the work of a truly distinctive artist, and to be cherished as a last gift to us.”—Geoff Andrews, Sight & Sound
“A stunning and majestic Kiarostami statement about love, cinema, death, technology, censorship, and the 21st century…It is moving, it is cosmic, it is sublime.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Completed posthumously, Kiarostami’s final film is a simple but profound work composed of twenty-four short film sequences based around his own photographs and one Bruegel painting. His subtle method begs the question whether these images are true to life or the sly digital sleight of hand of a master magician. Kiarostami’s love of snowy landscapes, the sea, and his fascination with the unsentimental drama of nature bring home the intelligence and patient vision of the artist behind the camera in two-dozen contemplative mini-dramas. Horses frolic in a skittish mating dance in a snow-covered field; a cow sleeps on a beach at dusk amid swelling waves; a feral cat traps squabbling blackbirds; feisty crows flit ominously; and more, composing a vibrant meditation on life in all of its mysterious forms and trajectories. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)