The Reality of Illusion: Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940 in Tehran, Iran. He first began making short films in 1970 and was known to be part of the early Iranian New Wave of directors. But international recognition started in the 1980s with feature films that focused on the lives of children, especially his unofficial trilogy of Where Is the Friend's Home?, And Life Goes On... and Through the Olive Trees. Later, he developed an increasingly complex technique of blurring fiction and reality, with each film attempting to reveal the illusory structure of the last. This culminated in '90s masterpieces such as Close-Up and Taste of Cherry. The next decade brought the most radical phase of experimentations for Kiarostami with formalist works such as Ten, Five and Shirin. Ever the intellectual, Kiarostami continues to challenge us with every new feature. Early on, he had been called the humanist heir of Satyajit Ray. But after four decades, he is the one and only,

The Bread and Alley / The Traveller

Abbas Kiarostami

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2:30 PM

16SP4M2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Where is the Friend's Home?

Abbas Kiarostami

Babak Ahmadpoor, Ahmad Ahmadpoor

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Additional screening: 01SM5M3X

4:45 PM

01SM5M3X

Hong Kong Science Museum
Lecture Hall

Homework

Abbas Kiarostami

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7:30 PM

17SP4E1X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Close-Up

Abbas Kiarostami

Ali Sabzian, Hassan Frazmand, Abolfazi Ahankhan

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9:30 PM

17SP4E2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

And Life Goes On…

Abbas Kiarostami

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2:30 PM

22SP4M2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Through the Olive Trees

Abbas Kiarostami

Hossein Rezai, Farhad Kheradmand, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz

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7:00 PM

22SP4E1X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Taste of Cherry

Abbas Kiarostami

Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri

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7:00 PM

01SM5E1X

Hong Kong Science Museum
Lecture Hall

The Wind Will Carry Us

Abbas Kiarostami

Behzad Dorani

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7:00 PM

23SP4E1X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

ABC Africa

Abbas Kiarostami

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9:30 PM

23SP4E2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Ten

Abbas Kiarostami

Mania Akbari, Amin Maher

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2:30 PM

24SP4M2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Five

Abbas Kiarostami

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5:00 PM

24SP4M3X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

10 on Ten

Abbas Kiarostami

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7:00 PM

24SP4E1X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Shirin

Abbas Kiarostami

Golshifteh Farahani, Mahnaz Afshar, Taraneh Alidoosti,Juliette Binoche

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9:00 PM

25SP4E2X

Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

Certified Copy

Abbas Kiarostami

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière

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01 April 2011

7:15 PM

01KG4E1

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre