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Film Series : Abbas Kiarostami


2008, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 97 min.
With Juliette Binoche, Niki Karimi, Golshifteh Farahani

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 18th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 21st 8:00pm

“A feast for the bedazzled eye and a crash course in narrative obsession.”—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“A bold experiment.”—Stuart Crawford, Eye for Film

Kiarostami proves once again his skill as a master illusionist in a film that joins 10 ON TEN and FIVE (FOR OZU) in his body of experimental work. Staged as if it were a documentary of an audience watching a film that features the narration of a 12th-century Persian epic poem on the soundtrack, SHIRIN is composed of close-ups of 112 Iranian actresses and French actress Juliette Binoche, as reactions to the spectacle on the screen before them flicker across their faces. SHIRIN functions as both a marvelous lesson in the artifice of cinema and as a meditation on the captivating power of woman. In Persian with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (BS)

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