The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Kiarostami’s first long-form work to be produced fully after the Islamic Revolution is a characteristically intense documentary portrait of a traffic cop attempting to restrict access to drivers in the centre of Tehran.
Using a telephoto lens, and depicting the notoriously hectic rhythm of life in Tehran as well as combative exchanges with motorists, this ambivalent depiction of a figure plucked from the city’s ebb-and-flow draws upon Kiarostami’s youthful employment as a traffic cop.
Where is the Friend's House? (1987) – Wed 8 Jun, 7pm
Homework (1989) – Wed 8 Jun, 8.40pm
A Wedding Suit (1976) – Web 8 Jun, 10.05pm
Through the Olive Trees (1994) – Wed 15 Jun, 7pm
The Experience (1973) – Wed 15 Jun, 8.55pm
Fellow Citizen (1983) – Wed 15 Jun, 10.05pm
First Graders (1985) – Wed 22 Jun, 7pm
First Case, Second Case (1979) – Wed 22 Jun, 8.35pm
The Traveller (1974) – Wed 22 Jun, 9.40pm
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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