Fajr days of commemoration for Abbas Kiarostami to start today

April 21, 2017

TEHRAN – A three-day commemoration for the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami who died last July will open today at the 35th Fajr International Film Festival, which is currently underway in Tehran.

The remembrance program will begin with a screening of “Take Me Home”, Kiarostami’s final work that is a characteristically playful tour of the alleys and stairways of southern Italy with a soccer ball as our guide.

Editing of the film was completed during the time that Kiarostami was bedridden, Seifollah Samadian, the manager of the program said last week.

The program will continue with a speech by the Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice who was a close friend of Kiarostami.

They jointly held the Erice -- Kiarostami Correspondences exhibitions in Spain and France during 2006.

A number of international cineastes, critics and figures have also sent messages in commemoration. A video showing the persons will also be screened today.

Among top of them is French actress Juliette Binoche who starred in Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy”.

In addition, American critics Godfrey Cheshire and Jonathan Rosenbaum, former Cannes president Gilles Jacob, Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu and British film expert Geoff Andrew have also sent messages.

An exhibition, which is slated to open on the seventh floor of the Charsu Cineplex, will showcase a large collection of photos, posters and cartoons on Kiarostami.

The program for the second day of the commemoration will be announced tomorrow.

Photo: A Fajr employee sets up a model of Abbas Kiarostami’s trademark dark glasses in an exhibition at Tehran’s Charsu Cineplex on April 20, 2017. The exhibition displaying photos, posters, and cartoons on the legendary filmmaker is scheduled to open today during the 35th Fajr International Film Festival. (Mehr/Masud Saki)

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