1990, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 98 min.
With Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
- Sat, Sep 14th 3:00pm
- Wed, Sep 18th 6:00pm
“The meanings of CLOSE-UP shift subtly and profoundly with every viewing—the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.”—Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
“A brilliant mix of contrivance, intimacy, distance, and dramatic closure peered into like a voyeur.”—Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
An unemployed printer passes himself off to a well-to-do woman on a bus as the Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She and her gullible family are all too willing to believe that the famous director of THE CYCLIST wants to shoot his next movie at their home, starring their engineer son. This real-life story begins only with the arrest of the pathetic imposter, as Kiarostami plays masterfully with the interface between reenacted reality and fiction. A trial ensues, and the family saves face by claiming to have recognized the ruse all along, as they led the imposter ever deeper into his scheme. Truth becomes a flimsy construct slipping between verifiable fact and intention, and between bluff and heart-rending fantasy. All characters play themselves in a multi-layered reconstruction that draws the audience into a new perception of the unfolding events. In Persian with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)