Taste of Cherry

99 mins.
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Persian with subtitles

New 4K restoration from Janus Films and MK2.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Kiarostami’s TASTE OF CHERRY is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death.

Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, searching for someone to rescue or bury him. Along the way, he picks up three passengers, all from different walks of life, eliciting different views on mortality and individual choice.

Shown with short SOLUTION (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1978, 11 minutes).

The rare Kanoon film that doesn’t involve children, this unusual road movie was made during the revolution and afforded Kiarostami what may have been a welcome escape from the capital. Shot amid spectacular mountain scenery north of Tehran, it shows a young man on a roadside with a tire, trying to get a ride. After several minutes of failure, he simply takes the tire and rolls it down the mountain, a lyrical visual journey that’s accompanied by a triumphal score.