Monday, 1 September 2008
focus on víctor erice and abbas kiarostami
To complement the unique and moving visual arts exhibition Correspondences: Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami, ACMI has compiled a tailor-made Focus On season, further exploring the work of two of world cinema's most celebrated filmmakers, and their respective film traditions.
Born within a week of each other in 1940, Spain's Víctor Erice and Iran's Abbas Kiarostami occupy a special position in world and arthouse cinema.
Consisting of the major features that brought them to the world spotlight, along with rare early works and short films never before screened in Australia, Focus On Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami promises to be a rich examination of two unique artists.
Without doubt the most revered Spanish filmmaker of his generation, Víctor Erice's masterly output continues to inspire. While sparse - only producing three feature films over the course of three decades - his contributions to cinema are heralded as visually poetic masterpieces each have gone on to a become cinematic event in themselves.
Far more prolific, Iranian Abbas Kiarostami is an iconic figure. Through his Palme d'Or winning Taste of Cherry and the Golden Lion winner The Wind Will Carry Us, Kiaroastami became one of the most important and cherished filmmakers of the 90s - leading Martin Scorsese to proclaim that "Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema."
Along with the efforts that earned him such praise, ACMI have sourced direct from Tehran a comprehensive selection of Kiarostami's early body of work, including his first feature film The Traveller (1974) and short films from the 1970s that demonstrate an artist mastering his craft and perfecting his distinctive style of storytelling.
Also featuring in the season are Amir Naderi's (Iran) 1985 feature The Runner, and Carlos Suara's (Spain) 1959 work The Delinquents, two important films from each director's respective cinema heritage.
With the theme "two filmmakers, two cultures, and the dialogue that brought them together", the world-renowned exhibition Correspondences: Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami is a striking collection of film and video excerpts, photography and paintings, demonstrating the shared humanity, humour, and the artistic parallels between the two directors.
Correspondences: Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami runs until Sunday, November 2nd 2008.
> Focus On Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami: Thursday 2 October - Sunday 12 October 2008, ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square. Curated by Amree Hewitt.
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