Chicago premiere! Film Series : 28th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

24 Frames

2017, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France, 114 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 9th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 10th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Feb 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 12th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 13th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Feb 14th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 15th 8:15pm

“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 and premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, 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. The film's 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 — these and more compose a vibrant meditation on life in all of its mysterious forms and trajectories. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

February 12: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, co-authors of Abbas Kiarostami (University of Illinois Press, 2003; new edition forthcoming in March).