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


Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1983 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 15 Jun 2022

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
Runtime: 53 mins

Event duration

53 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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