And Life Goes On
...Va zendengi edameh darad
1992, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 96 min.
With Farhad Kheradmand, Puya Pievar
- Sat, Sep 21st 3:00pm
- Mon, Sep 23rd 6:00pm
“[A] scintillating collision between straightforward documentary, naturalistic fiction, and historical fable.”—Jesse Cataldo, Spectrum Culture
In the aftermath of northern Iran’s horrific 1990 earthquake, a film director (Kheradmand, a fictional stand-in for Kiarostami), accompanied by his young son, sets out by car to find the two boys featured in WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE? The search for survivors and the process of digging out dominates this corner of the world, and the boys’ remote village of Koker is said to be inaccessible and totally destroyed. Across the rugged landscape split by random fissures in the earth and resonating with the grief of thousands of fatalities, father and son encounter humanity in its most elemental survival mode. Although the film appears to be largely a documentary, Kiarostami gradually reveals the fiction that serves as the framework for this powerful picture of hope, humor, determination, and acceptance among those fated to live. In Persian with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (BS)