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Abbas Kiarostami

The first English-language study of an important Iranian director

This penetrating study of the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostamiís life and work engages a cross-cultural dialogue between Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, an Iranian filmmaker, and Jonathan Rosenbaum, a film critic, both of whom have an intense interest in Kiarostamiís work.

A pioneer in Iranian cinema and considered one of the most controversial and influential filmmakers alive, Kiarostami has written or directed more than twenty films. He gained notoriety in the West in the 1990s with the breakaway films Close-Up and Through the Olive Trees and became the first Iranian director to win the Palme díOr at the Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry. He is also largely credited for his contributions to the Iranian New Wave. Abbas Kiarostami is the first full-length, English-language study of his work.

A unique and resplendent collaboration featuring two distinct but complementing perspectives, the book places Kiarostami and his films in a national context and provides American readers with valuable insights into Iranian culture, Kiarostamiís portrayal of women and politics, and his influence on other filmmakers.

"By design, the book offers a useful basic introduction to Kiarostami and contemporary Iranian film . . . Additionally, the book contains a very helpful filmography wherein a summary is provided for each of Kiarostami's films, including the commercials and documentaries he made in the 1970s."--Film International

"A lively, accessible, and insightful introduction to the distinctive voice for a roiling, enigmatic culture."--Choice

Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa is a filmmaker and faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago. She is the author of essays and articles on Iranian cinema. Jonathan Rosenbaum is a film critic for the Chicago Reader and the author of several books, including Movies as Politics, Greed, and Dead Man.

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