Babek Ahmadpour in 'Where is the Friend's House?' (1987)
Babek Ahmadpour in 'Where is the Friend's House?' (1987)
Where is the Friend's House? (1987)

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Where is the Friend's House?

Khane-ye doust kodjast

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

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The first instalment of Kiarostami’s deeply humanist “Koker trilogy” is a touching parable and revealing portrait of rural Iranian society.

Kiarostami depicts the adventures of the everyday from the perspective of a schoolboy who, zigzagging through two villages to return his friend’s homework book, is waylaid by the demands of adults. A highly sympathetic, poetic and profound film about the meaning of responsibility and the lives of ordinary people presented in neorealist style with a twist of magic realism.

Format: Colour, DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Courtesy: MK2
Duration: 87 mins

When

Duration

87 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

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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