Through The Olive Trees (1994 / Iran) dir: Abbas Kiarostami

“We are unable to see what we have in front of us, unless it’s inside a frame.” – Abbas Kiarostami

I discovered Iranian cinema back in 2004 through Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s brilliant film ‘A Moment Of Innocence’. But it became a life-long love affair through Abbas Kiarostami’s filmography. Even among the Iranian stalwarts like Makhmalbaf, Mehrjui, Majidi, Shohrab-Salles, Payami, Panahi and the more recent Farhadi, Abbas Kiarostami was able to carve his own distinct identity through absolute cinematic ingenuity. Image, poetry, form, pace, minimalism, redundancy of non-diagetic sound; there is so much that his films taught us. The penultimate scene from ‘Through The Olive Trees’ has to be one of the most beautiful, languid and poetic ending in the history of cinema. Thank you, teacher. You will be missed.


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