Boys looking sheepish standing outside the principal's office in 'First Case, Second Case (1979)e' (1979).jpg
Boys looking sheepish standing outside the principal's office in 'First Case, Second Case (1979)e' (1979).jpg
First Case, Second Case (1979)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

First Case, Second Case

Ghazieh-e Shekl-e Aval, Ghazieh-e Shekl-e

Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1979 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 22 Jun 2022

Kiarostami’s pedagogical exercise, initially shot before the Revolution, shows a teacher progressively banishing boys from the classroom until someone owns up to being the cause of a disruption.

Reworked to present two scenarios – one where the boys maintain solidarity, one where a student names the culprit – Kiarostami presents the episodes for comment to key figures of the new Islamic regime, including the infamous “hanging judge”, Sadeq Khalkhali, Chief Justice of the Revolutionary Court.

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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