The film world has been mourning Abbas Kiarostami this week, and on Friday the filmmaker’s body was returned to his birthplace of Tehran. Kiarostami, who won the Palme d’Or in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry,” died of cancer last Monday, July 4 at his home in Paris; he was 76 at the time of his passing and had been an icon of world cinema for decades.
His sons Ahmad and Bahman attended a funeral service in Paris on Friday, and Ahmad asked all those who were able to attend the ceremony in Tehran that, “if you are going to say goodbye to my father, wear your best attire that would be appropriate for a celebration of my father’s productive and creative life.” Prior to the ceremony in Tehran, hundreds attended a candlelight vigil in honor of Kiarostami, an icon of the Iranian New Wave long heralded as one of his country’s most prominent, influential auteurs.
“Where Is the Friend’s Home?,” “Close-Up,” “Through the Olive Trees,” “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Certified Copy” are among Kiarostami’s best-known works, though he also had a hand in writing and producing other Persian filmmakers’ work. Many of his peers gathered to pay tribute to the late writer/director. Photos of their ceremony may be found here.