47th IFFI 2016-Special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami
A Meera Sahib
47th International Film Festival of India 2016 will pay a special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, who died died on July 4,2016 at the age of 76.Abbas Kiarostami ,sophisticated, self-possessed master of cinematic poetry had directed numerous films and received a number of coveted international awards:
· The Prix Roberto Rossellini at the Cannes Film Festival (1992)
· The Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry (1997)
· UNESCO’s Fellini gold medal (1997)
· The Konrad Wolf Preis of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (2003)
· The Praemium Imperiale awarded by the Japan Art Association (2004)
. Abbas Kiarostami leading a course in Nice, France, in 2007.
IFFI Goa 2016 is to screen these 7 films directed by Abbas Kiarostami and a documentary on him .
1. Like Someone in Love
In Tokyo, an elderly man and a student/escort girl take on different roles over the course of their unusual relationship. The young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with the widower over a period of two days.
· 2012 French-Japanese drama film.
· Competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
· Abbas Kiarostami’s final feature film.
114 famous Iranian theatre and cinema actresses, and a French star are mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.
· 2008 Iranian artistic film.
· First screened at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.
· Critics dub this film a notable twist in Kiarostami’s career.
3. Take Me Home
Abbas Kiarostami takes his camera to south of Italy and shows us a beautiful and playful video of alleys and stairs there.
· 2016 Silent, B&W Short Film.
· Kiarostami’s final work.
4. Taste of Cherry
A dark drama about a desperate man on the verge of suicide who seeks someone willing to bury him discreetly.
· 1997 Iranian drama film.
· Won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
Ten different sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures, including the main protagonist’s.
· 2002 Iranian docufiction.
· Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
6. The Wind Will Carry Us
A trio of journalists from the city arrive in a little village with a different kind of mission. They pretend to be communications engineers, but they are awaiting the death of woman who is over 100. Among other things, the film explores cultural differences between a man from the city and from a village.
· 1999 Iranian drama film.
· Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
· Won the Grand Special Jury Prize (Silver Lion), the FIPRESCI Prize and the CinemAvvenire at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
7. Through The Olive Trees
The movie is set in earthquake-ravaged Northern Iran and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.
· 1994 Iranian drama film.
· Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
8. 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami.
In addition to these seven films being screened at IFFI Goa 2016, a documentary on Abbas Kiarostami will be screened under the category, ‘Documenting the Legends.’ The leading aim of this documentary is to share 76 minutes and 15 seconds of undiscovered moments of Abbas Kiarostami’s life and work, in commemoration of his 76 years and 15 days of creative journey. The shots of this documentary are selected out of hundreds of hours of footage, filmed during 25 years of friendship, inside and outside Iran on various occasions: film festivals, photo exhibitions, photography sessions, artistic events, workshops and some unique moments of his daily life.