Unanimously, the tributes rain fallen in recent hours hailed one of the greatest filmmakers of the late twentieth century: Abbas Kiarostami died of cancer Monday, July 4 in France, the age of 76. He had left Tehran last week for treatment in France
The charts will retain his Golden Palm at Cannes, the Golden Lion in Venice. those attending will remember the style, hardworking and stubborn, its very special appearance with its smoked glass glasses. Born June 22, 1940 in Tehran, Abbas Kiarostami had nevertheless first became interested in drawing, following studies at the Fine Arts while minting a graphic designer and director of commercials. By his small advertising films and generics for films he achieved some fame.
In 1971 released his first work, a short film, “The bread and the street.” Soon, with “The Passenger” in 1974, he emerged as a pioneer of “realistic cinema”, and his first major film, 1977′s theme is suicide ( “Report”). Deciding to stay in his country after the 1979 revolution, compelled, like his colleagues to comply with the stipulated rules – never a woman in public without a headscarf in particular – he was given the direction of the Kanun Film Institute, created under the Shah, but has continued under the new regime.
Realism black and People
but it seeks to assert some independence and realizes in 1987 “Where is the house my friend “, very popular abroad. During the 90s, Kiarostami will emerge as a world-famous filmmaker with his trilogy “Koker”, especially the first ( “And life goes on”) which deals, in different aspects , the earthquake that befell the northwest of Iran in 1990.
the type is the “black realism”, detail of love, always modest, with the will to participate to the maximum the common people. His films, which he wants to make reflection instruments almost always shot in real places and not in the studio, combine the fable, the paper and plastic beauty.
The rewards come with the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry”, the desire to live and the fragility of a man of 50, who will cause him trouble in Iran because Catherine Deneuve made her a kiss in presenting the award, which caused the fury of conservatives.
in 1999, “the wind Will carry us” on dignity at work and ‘gender, won the silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Documentary filmmaker, poet and humanist, he used his camera as a microscope to “give birth to the relationship between people,” he said. “Abbas is not only the largest Iranian filmmaker, Rossellini Tehran, the researcher found that it was also an inspired photographer. He was the same art,” tweeted former president of the Cannes festival, Gilles Jacob.
In one of his last works, output in 2012, “Like someone in love”, a film “without beginning or end”, in his words, it captures a snapshot of the lives of three of Tokyo, a student-prostitute, his old client and his jealous lover.
“Without it, no Persepolis”
in his previous film, “Certified Copy” in which the French Juliette Binoche had obtained in 2010 the Best Actress award at the Cannes Festival, Iranian had offered an Italian incursion.
“it was an inventor, because he managed to combine a realism, much speaking of his country and children of his country, knowing that cinema is a show that can handle real, “said Frédéric Bonnaud, director of the French Cinematheque.
” It is one of those rare filmmakers that there was a before and after for film. “
the world of Iranian cinema also mourned Monday night. “Without him, I would never have done Persepolis”, slipped to AFP the designer and Franco-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi, who had met him in France after admiring his films in Iran. “In Europe we saw his films, so we could not see the Iranians as a people of terrorists, but as human beings. It opened the way for a generation of Iranian artists. We are all indebted.”
“It gives me great sadness. We met many times, I loved him very much. He had his language, his style. He was very modest, but this modesty that have people who are sure of themselves. Behind his glasses, he never wanted to show me his eyes … “
his fellow director Asghar Farhadi told the British daily” the Guardian ” be “in shock”: “It was not only a filmmaker It was a modern mystic, both in his work and in his private life.”. “By itself, it has changed the image of Iran,” tweeted Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani ( “Chicken with Plums”, “The two friends”, “Paterson”).
On Twitter Monday night, many fans cited this phrase of Jean-Luc Godard: “Cinema is born with Griffith and ends with Kiarostami . “
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