The Palme d’Or-winning director Abbas Kiarostami passed away on July 4 and since then many industry members have expressed their condolences and remembered the Iranian filmmaker and his great work. Now, The Toronto Film Festival has shared a recent two-hour “In Conversation With” video where the “Taste of Cherry” helmer joined TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling for an intimate onstage conversation.
A true master of world cinema, the writer and director is known for acclaimed films such as “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Certified Copy.” In the video Kiarostami talks about his life, career and his exhibition “Doors Without Keys.”
This past winter, TIFF Bell Lightbox hosted a career retrospective on the director who made this first feature, “The Report,” in 1977. He is remembered for many hit films, including his Koker trilogy, which included the 1987 film “Where Is the Friend’s Home?,” followed by “Life, And Nothing More…” in 1992 and “Through the Olive Trees” in 1994.
It wasn’t until he won the Palme d’Or for his film “Taste of Cherry” in 1997 that his career elevated to a new level, and has since left his mark on cinema history.
Watch Kiarostami’s two-hour talk in the video below. And for more videos on the director’s life and his previous discussions, visit The Film Stage.