Where Is the Friend's House?

83 mins.
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Persian with subtitles
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Sun, 9/29
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New 2K restoration from Janus Films and MK2.

The first film in Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing Koker Trilogy takes a simple premise—a boy searches for the home of his classmate, whose school notebook he has accidentally taken—and transforms it into a miraculous child’s-eye adventure of the everyday.

As our young hero zigzags determinedly across two towns, aided (and sometimes misdirected) by those he encounters, his quest becomes both a revealing portrait of rural Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility.

Sensitive and profound, WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? is shot through with all the beauty, tension, and wonder a single day can contain.

Shown with short SO CAN I (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1975, 4 minutes).

The first of Kiarostami’s films made for, rather than just about, children was an experiment in combining live action and animation, done in collaboration with animator Nafiseh Riahi. As two schoolboys watch animated views of animals’ actions— kangaroos jumping, fish swimming, etc.—one boy (played by Riahi’s son Kamal) says, “I can, too,” and imitates the actions. The music is sprightly, the mood fun. The second boy is Kiarostami’s son Ahmad.