Abbas KIAROSTAMI (1940 – 2016)

Abbas KIAROSTAMI (1940 – 2016)

Director, screenwriter & producer, Iran


Born in 1940 in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami attented Teheran University Art College and started his cinematographic career designing credits and directing advertisements. In 1969, he founded the Cinematographic Department of the Institute for Children and Young Adults Intellectual Development that, in the course of years, has produced a relevant number of high quality Iranian movies, by directors such as Amir Naderi, Bahram Beysaï, Dariush Mehrjui, Ebrahim Forouzesh and Sohab Shahid Saless.

Abbas Kiarostami also directed numerous short films, including Bread and Alley. In 1974, he wrote and directed his first feature film The Traveller about one of his favorite subjects: childhood. Then he directed Report (1977) and the documentary film First Graders (1984), followed by Where is the Friend’s Homme? (1987) and And Life Goes on (1992). In 1992, Abbas Kiarostami obtained international recognition by receiving at the Festival de Cannes the Roberto Rossellini Prize for his career. Then he directed Through the Olive Trees (1994) and Taste of Cherry (1996), which obtained the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Festival de Cannes. The same year, Unesco bestowed upon him the Fellini medal. In 1999, his seventh feature film The Wind Will Carry us won the Grand Jury Prize of the Venice Festival. In 2010, he directed Juliette Binoche in Certified Copy, for which the French thespian won the Best Actress Award at the 2010 Festival de Cannes. Like Someone in Love, the director’s tenth feature film, was selected in Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2002, his first collection of poems Walking with the Wind was published.

The following year, Abbas Kiarostami was appointed “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” for outstanding achievements in the arts, by French Ministry of Culture.

Complete works by director Abbas Kiarostami were presented during the 2005 edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. He was the President of the Jury of the 9th edition of the Festival in 2009. And last year in Marrakech, he accepted to give a unique Masterclass which will remain forever in young and passionate Moroccan cinephiles’ memories.

Abbas Kiarostami passed away on July 4, 2016.

Selected Filmography

1970      BREAD AND ALLEY (Le Pain et la rue – Nan va koutcheh) – short *

1974      THE TRAVELLER (Le Passager – Mossafer) *

1977      REPORT (Le Rapport – Gozaresh) *

1984      FIRST GRADERS (Les Élèves du cours préparatoire) – doc

1987      WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME? (Où est la maison de mon ami ? – Khaneh-ye dust kojast ?) *

1990      CLOSE-UP (Nema-ye nazdik)

1992      AND LIFE GOES ON (Et la vie continue – Zendegi edame darad) *

1994      THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Au travers des oliviers – Zire darakhtan zeyton) */**

1996      TASTE OF CHERRY (Le Goût de la cerise – Ta’m e guilass) */** – Palme d’or Festival de Cannes 1997

1999      THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Le vent nous emportera – Bad ma ra khahad bord) */** – Grand Prix spécial du Jury Venise 1999

2001      ABC AFRICA – doc **

2002      TEN */**

2003      FIVE (Dedicated to Ozu) – doc *

2004      10 ON TEN */**

2005      TICKETS – collectif *


2008      SHIRIN **

2009      CERTIFIED COPY (Copie conforme) */**

2012      LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE */**

2013      VENICE 70: FUTURE RELOADED – collectif


TAKE ME HOME – short

* également scénariste/also screenwriter

** également producteur/also producer


1995      THE WHITE BALLOON (Le Ballon blanc – Badkonake sefid) Jafar Panahi

2003      CRIMSON GOLD (Sang et or – Talaye sorkh) Jafar Panahi