Ramin Bahrani Remembers Abbas Kiarostami: ‘Life Is Not a Straight Line’

The "99 Homes" director salutes his mentor, who inspired the younger filmmaker's career. When I saw “Where is the Friend’s House?” as a teenager, my path as a burgeoning filmmaker was irrevocably altered. I immediately tracked down VHS copies (badly dubbed, pirated) of “Close Up” and “Life and Nothing Else…” and watched them in my hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, wondering how the prosaic can be...

Martin Scorsese Remembers Abbas Kiarostami As ‘One Of The Great Artists’

He was one of those rare artists with a special knowledge of the world." Over his iconic and award-winning film career, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami turned many of his contemporaries into his biggest fans, none more so than Martin Scorsese. “Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema,” the director once said, and now he has issued a heartfelt reflection to The...

Martin Scorsese

US director Martin Scorsese said Kiarostami was "a very special human being: quiet, elegant, modest, articulate and quite observant. "He was a true gentleman and, truly, one of our great artists.'' Filmmaker Martin Scorsese said some people referred to Mr. Kiarostami’s pictures as minimalist, but he thought it was the opposite. Every scene in “Taste of Cherry” and “Where is the Friend’s Home?”...

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa said of Kiarostami's films: "Words cannot describe my feelings about them". He added: "When Satyajit Ray passed on, I was very depressed. But after seeing Kiarostami's films, I thanked God for giving us just the right person to take his place. source Add new comment

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