Hossein Yarmohammadi in Experience (1973)
Hossein Yarmohammadi in Experience (1973)
The Experience (1973)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Experience


Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1973 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 15 Jun 2022

Kiarostami’s first long-from work is a delicate tale of young love in Iran, chronicled against a backdrop of class divisions prior to the Islamic Revolution.

Largely composed of vignettes of silence, this is a minimalist life portrait filtered through documentary-style location photography of Tehran.

Within its simple narrative, Kiarostami explores his experimental approach to film structure, appearing here in its most essential form. It is, according to Richard Brody, “the most intricate of his short features”.

Format: Colour, DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Courtesy: MK2
Runtime: 60 mins

Event duration

60 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

When essayist and critic Phillip Lopate claimed that “we are living in the Age of Kiarostami, as once we did in the Age of Godard”, he highlighted both the crucial emergence onto the world stage of Iranian cinema and the specific qualities of Kiarostami’s contemplative, gently questioning, porously self-reflexive and overwhelmingly poetic work.

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