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Film Series : Abbas Kiarostami

The Traveler


1974, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 74 min. (Total show: 91 min.)
With Hasan Darabi

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 6th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 9th 6:00pm

"His first masterpiece."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami's first full-length feature expands on EXPERIENCE's theme of a disadvantaged boy doggedly pursuing his dream. An indifferent student and a disappointment to his nagging mother, Qasem is a soccer-crazy boy living in the provincial city of Malayer. Determined to attend a big soccer match in Tehran, he hustles, cheats, and steals to raise the necessary funds, then sneaks out to catch the overnight bus to the capitol. One of the director's personal favorites, THE TRAVELER shows the influence of Italian neorealism and the French New Wave, but with a more daring use of "dead time," most effectively in the boy's extended walks through the deserted nighttime streets of his hometown and, later, through the strange new world of Tehran.

Preceded by SO CAN I (1975, 5 min.), in which a schoolboy compares his abilities to the animals', and THE BREAD AND ALLEY (1970, 12 min.), Kiarostami's first film, about a boy intimidated by a stray dog. All in Persian with English subtitles. New DCP digital restorations. (MR)

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