A man gestures out a car window in 'Fellow Citizen' (1983)
A man gestures out a car window in 'Fellow Citizen' (1983)
Fellow Citizen (1983)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Fellow Citizen

Hamshahri

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

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.

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.

Format: Colour, DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Courtesy: MK2
Duration: 53 mins

When

Duration

53 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

Cinémathèque membership options

Mini membership
(3 consecutive weeks)
$27–$32

Annual memberships
$153–295

SEE FULL OPTIONS

Screens with

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.

Read the full program notes
Abbas Kiarostami - black and white - inside a picture frame

Plan your visit

Read our COVIDSafe visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Start planning

About Melbourne Cinémathèque

Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.

Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered, volunteer-run, not-for-profit and membership-driven. 

Learn more | View the 2022 program | See membership options

Melbourne Cinémathèque - Dirk Bogarde in a still from Victim