Tuesday, 26th July 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us at T2F as we celebrate the life and work of Abbass Kiarostami with a film screening of ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’ – one of Kiarostami’s characteristic films exploring the motifs of life and death, life’s little charms and the poetry of the landscape.
The screening will be followed by a film circle and a Q & A session with the audience.
“O you are green all over,
put your hands like a burning memory in my loving hands
and entrust your lips like a warm sense of life
to the caresses of loving lips
The wind will carry us away with it
The wind will carry us away.”
The title of the movie comes from a poem by the poet Forough Farrokhzad.
A work of transporting beauty, Kiarostami’s elliptical and wryly funny masterpiece follows a young intellectual from Tehran who arrives in a remote Kurdish village on an enigmatic mission. His mission is unstated, but it seems to centre on a dying old woman, and becomes increasingly desperate and opportunistic.
Built from repetitions and reversals, absences and ellipses, the film belies its formal and narrative intricacy with Kiarostami’s characteristic humility and wry humour; a lecture on the burden of women delivered by a café owner is stern and the motorbike driven by a philosophical doctor offers the best transport for the road to redemption since Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest.
Release Date | 1999
Running Time | 118 mins
Language | Persian
Abbas Kiarostami is considered to be one of the most prolific Iranian filmmaker with a career spanning over five decades. He started directing and writing films in the 70s and influenced a whole new generation of filmmakers in Iran and the Global North, leaving an indelible mark on the New Wave Cinema with his magic realistic style, coming together of the fact and fiction and a new cinematic vocabulary derived from the everyday and the banal.
He received many accolades during his career, winning at several International Film Festivals in-cluding Cannes, Venice Film Festival, Locarno and many others. Kiarostomi died this month at the age of 76 and was remembered with fondness and sadness the world over. In Martin Scorsese’s words, he was “elegant, eloquent, very quiet, very careful with his words — always thoughtful and always studying everything.”
When: Tuesday, 26th July 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00 – 9:30PM