Director, Actor IRAN

Abbas KIAROSTAMI

Abbas KIAROSTAMI

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Biography

"For me, the distinction between short and feature is meaningless. A film is a film. It has a beginning, a story and an end.
It is more difficult to make a short film. Its weaknesses are more visible and can’t be compensated for as the film progresses.
Freed from the constraints of theatre release, financing and what the public wants to see, short films are more personal and, therefore, more artistic. This is why we expect new forms of experimentation from their directors, as well as artistic audacity.
The constant renewal essential to the art of cinema is the duty of young filmmakers. This is the very function of their short films, which are far more than mere exercises to enable access to cinema as a profession."

Born in Tehran in 1940, Abbas Kiarostami studied fine art. In 1969, he created the cinema department at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where the Iranian New Wave was born. It was there that he produced most of his films until 1992, including his first short, The Bread and Alley (1970) and his first feature The Traveler (1974). He came to notice for his trilogy: Where is the Friend’s Home? (1987), Life and Nothing More… (1992), and Through the Olive Trees (1994) – in competition at the Festival de Cannes. Taste of Cherry won the Palme d’Or in 1997 and The Wind Will Carry Us won the jury prize at Venice in 1999. He returned to Cannes in competition with Ten (2002), Certified Copy (2010) – for which J. Binoche won best actress –, and Like Someone in Love (2012). Kiarostami continues his protean work: his photography and video installations are exhibited all over the world, and his collections of poems have been translated into a dozen languages. He has also staged Tazieh at the Teatro di Roma in 2003 as well as the opera Cosi fan Tutte for the 60th Festival of Aix-en-Provence. For the last ten years he has also run film creation workshops for young artists.

Films presented at Cannes

KUROSAWA, LA VOIE KUROSAWA'S WAY 2011 Cannes Classics Actor
COPIE CONFORME CERTIFIED COPY 2010 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
CHACUN SON CINÉMA TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA 2007 Out of Competition Director
TALAYE SORGH CRIMSON GOLD 2003 Un Certain Regard Script / Dialogue
TEN 2002 In Competition – Feature Films Script / Dialogue, Director
A.B.C AFRICA 2001 Out of Competition Director, Film Editor
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ZIRE DARAKHTAN ZEYTON 1994 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue, Film Editor
ZENDEGI EDAME DARAD 1992 Un Certain Regard Director, Script / Dialogue, Film Editor
Jury members
President - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2014
President - Caméra d'Or - 2005
Member - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2002
Member - Feature films - 1993
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Directors

André CAYATTE

André CAYATTE

Andreï TARKOVSKI

Andreï TARKOVSKI

Script Writer
Akira KUROSAWA

Akira KUROSAWA

Script Writer
Claude AUTANT-LARA

Claude AUTANT-LARA

Charles Edward CHAUVEL

Charles Edward CHAUVEL

Dino RISI

Dino RISI

Karoly MAKK

Karoly MAKK

Director
Paul VECCHIALI

Paul VECCHIALI

Script Writer
Ramin BAHRANI

Ramin BAHRANI

Script Writer
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