Monday, July 4, 2016

Abbas Kiarostami - RIP

Just off the heels of losing one of the biggest modern auteurs, we sadly lose another. Abbas Kiarostami died today after a shift battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.

The most famous movie director to come out of Iran, Kiarostami was known for his poetic, avant garde style and unique visions of storytelling. He first gain critical notice in 1987 with Where Is the Friend's Home?, a simple and slow look at Iranian rural life all the while a kid runs around to find and give his friend his missing homework book. His stature further spread in 1990 with Close-Up, a half dramatization, half documentary of the true life story of how a man impersonated a famous movie director in order to con a family. But his biggest moment came when he won the Palme D'or in 1997 for Taste of Cherry, a polarizing feature upon release that has nevertheless become a critical darling of the decade and often considered by many as one of the best films of all time.

Though it was always hard to top his reign during the 90's, Kiarostami continued to draw raves up to today, with the most favorable being the Juliette Binoche-starring Certified Copy.

He will be missed.

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