AND LIFE GOES ON
ZENDEGI VA DIGAR HICH
1992, Janus Films, 95 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In the aftermath of a 1990 earthquake that left 30,000 dead, Kiarostami returned to the village of Koker, where his camera surveys not only the devastation but the teeming life that continues in its wake. Blending fiction and reality into a playful, poignant road movie, AND LIFE GOES ON follows a film director (played by an actor standing in for Kiarostami) who, along with his son, makes the difficult trek to the region in hopes of finding out if the young star of his movie WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE? is among the survivors. There he discovers a resilient community pressing on in the face of tragedy as he’s helped along on his journey by the generosity of those he meets. Finding beauty in the bleakest of circumstances, Kiarostami crafts a quietly majestic ode to the best of the human spirit.


TASTE OF CHERRY
TA'M E GUILASS
1997, Janus Films, 95 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Abbas Kiarostami’s emotionally complex look at life and death elevated the Iranian auteur from the rank of critically admired storyteller to one of the premier names in international filmmaking. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran - searching for someone to rescue or bury him.


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