Abbas Kiarostami

Come experience new restorations of five features from master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016), each paired with a rarely-screened short film. In addition to his renowned CLOSE-UP and TASTE OF CHERRY, Amherst Cinema is presenting the three films in the Koker Trilogy–WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE?, AND LIFE GOES ON, and THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES.

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Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran—searching for someone to rescue or bury him. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s TASTE OF CHERRY is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Shown with short film SOLUTION.
Sun, 9/15
Wed, 9/18
This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated a well-known filmmaker—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence. Shown with short film ORDERLY OR DISORDERLY.
Sun, 9/22
Wed, 9/25
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. Shown with short film SO CAN I.
Sun, 9/29
Wed, 10/2
Blending fiction and reality into a playful, poignant road movie, AND LIFE GOES ON follows a film director who, along with his son, makes the trek to the region in hopes of finding out if the young boys who acted in WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? are among the survivors, and discovers a resilient community pressing on in the face of tragedy. Shown with short film THE CHORUS.
Sun, 10/6
Wed, 10/9
Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of the Koker Trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of AND LIFE GOES ON, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. Shown with short film TWO SOLUTIONS FOR ONE PROBLEM.
Sun, 10/20
Wed, 10/23