The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
This formally rigorous documentary is mostly comprised of footage of Iranian primary-school students talking about their homework, lives in school and families.
With sensitivity and good humour, Kiarostami draws out, in stealthily heartbreaking fashion, the challenges imposed by war, politics and discipline on children. This astoundingly resonant meditation on conformity and imposed religiosity was the last film he completed for the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
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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