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Through the Olive Trees

Zir-e derakhtan-e zeytun

1994, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 104 min.
With Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, Hossein Rezai, Tahareh Ladanian

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  • Sat, Sep 28th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 2nd 6:00pm

“Mesmerizingly beautiful.”—John A. Nesbitt, Old School Reviews

"The final shot is one of the best you’ll ever see.”—Jon Popick, Planet S Magazine

The villagers of the rugged mountain region devastated by the 1990 earthquake still struggle to reconstruct their lives and homes as Kiarostami returns to the location of AND LIFE GOES ON two years later. The actor who plays the director turns to the camera to describe his role in this film-within-a-film, then steps into character to take up the story. Tahareh, a headstrong local girl, is unhappily cast in a role opposite Hossein, her rejected suitor. The pairing proves the production’s headache when the young man persists in a stalker-like courtship. The filmmaking process itself is at the center of the film, and Kiarostami periodically peels back layers of artifice in the course of seamlessly blending fiction with the illusion of documentary. In Persian with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (BS)

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