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"Kiarostami: Life and Work" Brings Famed Iranian Filmmaker to Le Moyne

On Tuesday, April 8, Le Moyne College, in partnership with the Syracuse Film Festival, presents "Kiarostami: Life and Work" at 7:30 p.m. in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.

Abbas Kiarostami is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker from Iran, who has written and directed scores of movies, and whose work has received dozens of awards, including the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes and a Special Grand Jury Prize at Venice. Neo-realist inflected, poetic in tone, thematically complex, contemplative, his films explore the intersections of life and death, the boundaries between fiction and reality. In its catalog for a retrospective of Kiarostami’s work, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive refers to him as “One of the most critically acclaimed and influential filmmakers of the past twenty-five years . . . the equivalent of a Godard, Kurosawa, or Fellini—a director whose films have given new direction to world cinema.”

Although best-known as a filmmaker, Kiarostami is also a respected poet and a celebrated visual artist whose paintings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Like the images that dominate his films, his paintings and photos are suggestive and poetic. The photography evokes, at various points, abstract expressionist studies of line and color, Japanese woodcuts, impressionist landscapes, and even (in the play of black and white elements in the winterscapes shot around Tehran) calligraphy. As with the films, there is a self-reflexive, meditative quality to the work that invites the viewer’s imagination.

Kiarostami will discuss his storied career and his work in film and other media, followed by a brief Q and A.

Tickers are $10 for general admission. (Free to SU students and the Le Moyne community -- these free tickets will be made available at the door one hour prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.)

posted on: 3/28/2014