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SF360 | Abbas Kiarostami: "Image Maker"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 2, 2007 at 6:52AM

As a filmmaking icon as well as a filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami occupies two prominent positions: a central figure in Iran's celebrated and multigenerational cinema movement, and one of a handful of supreme masters in that more rarefied, rootless milieu called "world cinema." This straddling, dual status is not all that arbitrary: while Kiarostami's aesthetic is heavily indebted to indigenous influences (perhaps Persian modernist poetry and the groundbreaking work of his late contemporary Sohrab Shahid-Saless in particular), he's also famously influenced (like other Iranian filmmakers) by Italian neorealism and France's nouvelle vague. Robert Avila reports.
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As a filmmaking icon as well as a filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami occupies two prominent positions: a central figure in Iran's celebrated and multigenerational cinema movement, and one of a handful of supreme masters in that more rarefied, rootless milieu called "world cinema." This straddling, dual status is not all that arbitrary: while Kiarostami's aesthetic is heavily indebted to indigenous influences (perhaps Persian modernist poetry and the groundbreaking work of his late contemporary Sohrab Shahid-Saless in particular), he's also famously influenced (like other Iranian filmmakers) by Italian neorealism and France's nouvelle vague. Robert Avila reports.

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