The late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami made films that on the surface may appear simple.
A boy does almost anything to attend an important soccer match. A filmmaker searches for actors from his previous film in an earthquake-damaged village. A man seeks assistance to help him end his life. But Kiarostami’s deliberate blend of fiction and reality delve into the deeper aspects of the human condition. His background as a painter, poet and photographer provide a richly sensual foundation for his work and garnered him accolades as he rose to prominence in the early 1990s with films like Where is the Friend’s Home? and Taste of Cherry. This survey covers the celebrated director’s earliest films to his final, posthumously released work, including the newly restored Koker Trilogy.