About Abbas Kiarostami

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Date change from January 24 to April 7 Thanks to a partnership with Cohen Media who will be releasing The Wind Will Carry Us on BluRay later this year, this lecture will be led by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University. The interview will be recorded for a bonus feature on the 2014 Blu-ray Disc release of one of Mr. Kiarostami's films.

From The Traveler to Ten, Abbas Kiarostami’s films offer an inside, delicate look at Iran that the world, including most Iranians, have never witnessed. Kiarostami accomplished this with tremendous innovation. World Cinema has learned much from these films, and recognized this with countless commendations—notably the Palme d’Or at Cannes. These eight films provide an education about Iran’s people and a profound take on the human mind and soul—cinema’s original promise to the world.

Thanks to Owen Shapiro and Syracuse University for their partnership. Special thanks to Jim and Roberta Sherman, the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation, and Rita Grunwald, whose gifts helped make these programs possible.

When you take a tree that is rooted in the ground, and transfer it from one place to another, the tree will no longer bear fruit. And if it does, the fruit will not be as good as it was in its original place. This is a rule of nature. I think if I had left my country, I would be the same as the tree. -Abbas Kiarostami

Bread and Alley (1970, short)
Jahan Nama Palace (1972, documentary short)
Recess/Breaktime (1972, short)
The Experience (1973, short feature)
The Traveler (1974, short feature)
Two Solutions for One Problem (1975, short)
So Can I (1975, short)
The Colours (1976, short)
The Wedding Suit (1976, short feature)
Tribute to the Teachers (1977, short)
How We Should Use Our Free Time (1977, short)
Report (1977, feature)
Solution (1978, short)
Case No. 1, Case No. 2 (1979, documentary)
Toothache (1980, short)
Orderly or Disorderly/Regularly or Irregularly (1981, short)
The Chorus (1982, short)
Fellow Citizen (1983, short documentary)
Fear and Suspicion (1984)
First Graders (1985, documentary feature)
Where is the Friend's House? (1987, feature)
Homework (1990, documentary feature)
Close-Up (1990, docudrama feature)
Life and Nothing More…/…And Life Goes On (1992, feature)
Through the Olive Trees (1994, feature)
A Propos de Nice, la suite (1995, feature of sketches)
Lumière & Company (1996, feature composed of short segments)
Birth of Light (1997, short)
Taste of Cherry (1987, feature)
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999, feature)
A.B.C. Africa (2001, documentary feature)
Ten (2002, feature)
Five Dedicated to Ozu(2003, documentary)
10 on Ten (2004, documentary)
Tickets (2005, directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermano Olmi)
White Pages (2005 short, supervisor)
Roads of Kiarostami (2006, documentary short)
Kojast jaye residan (2007, documentary short)
To Each His Own Cinema (2007 segment "Where is my Romeo?")
Shirin (2008, feature)
Certified Copy (2010, feature)
No (2010, documentary short)
Like Someone in Love (2012, feature)

Cinematographic Awards
1992: Prix Roberto Rossellini
1992: Prix Cine Decouvertes
1993: François Truffaut Award
1995: Pier Paolo Pasolini Award
1997: Federico Fellini Gold Medal, UNESCO
1997: Palme d'Or, Cannes Festival
1999: Honorary Golden Alexander Prize, Thessaloniki Film Festival
1999: Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival
2000: Akira Kurosawa Award
2003: Honorary doctorate, École Normale Supérieure
2003: Konrad Wolf Prize
2005: President of the Jury for Caméra d'Or Award, Cannes Festival
2005: Fellowship of the British Film Institute
2005: Gold Leopard of Honor, Locarno Film Festival
2006: Prix Henri-Langlois Prize
2007: Honorary doctorate, University of Toulouse
2007: World's great masters, Kolkata Film Festival
2008: Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Venice Film Festival
2010: Honorary doctorate, University of Paris

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