THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES
ZIRE DARAKHATAN ZEYTON
1994, Janus Films, 103 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami takes meta-narrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of his celebrated Koker trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of the shooting of the previous film in the series, AND LIFE GOES ON, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors - a lovelorn young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him - creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, this Pirandellian pastoral peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality.


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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