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

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Through The Olive Trees

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Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | | Unclassified (15+)

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Following the latest advice from the Victorian Government ACMI is temporarily closed. Unfortunately the screening of Through the Olive Trees on Wed 8 Sep has been postponed. 

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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
Duration: 103 mins



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103 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Screens with

The Films of Abbas Kiarostami

Film season | 1–15 Sep

Travel through four decades of boundary-breaking Iranian cinema in this retrospective of the master filmmaker's poetic, humanist works.

The Films of Abbas Kiarostami - 2–13 Sep 2021

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