Abbas Kiarostami: 1940-2016

Abbas Kirostami,death,
Abbas Kirostami,death,

Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning celebrated Iranian director has died on Monday. He was 76.

“Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” reported the semi-official Isna news agency on Monday. Later Iran’s house of cinema also confirmed the report.

Kiarostami had been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer in March this year and had undergone operations in Paris last month.

Kiarostami was born in 1940 in Tehran, and originally studied painting at the University of Tehran.

Like Indian film maker Satyajit Ray whose films were recognised by the world cinema, Kiarostami was trained as a graphic artist. Kiarostami began working as a graphic designer and went on to shoot dozens of commercials for Iranian TV. In 1969 he joined Kanun (the Centre for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults), where he ran the film department, and was able to make his own films.

Kiarostami was married once, in 1969, to Parvin Amir-Gholi, but they divorced in 1982. They had two sons together: Ahmad (a mulitmedia publisher) and Bahman (a documentary-maker).

After Kiarostami’s death, film makers like Asghar Farhadi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf expressed their feelings to media. According to them, Abbas Kiarostami wasn’t just a film-maker. He was a modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life.

Kiarostami’s first debut film was The Report, in 1977. Through the Olive Trees, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us and Ten etc are some of his memorable work. In 1997 Kiarostami’s film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.


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