Tahereh Ladanian in 'Through The Olive Trees' (1994)
Tahereh Ladanian in 'Through The Olive Trees' (1994)
Through The Olive Trees (1994)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Through The Olive Trees

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Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1994 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 15 Jun 2022

From the moment it opens with the “director” auditioning young women for the film we are about to see, Kiarostami’s breakthrough third entry in the “Koker trilogy” establishes a magically porous border between documentary and fiction, real life and cinema.

Focusing on the filming of a few scenes from And Life Goes On, and gently observing the impact of a deadly earthquake on the local community, it foregrounds the profoundly contemplative sensibility of the director’s best work.

Its sublime concluding long take is one of the defining moments in Kiarostami’s cinema.

Format: Colour, DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Courtesy: MK2
Runtime: 103 mins

Event duration

103 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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