Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

35mm Print!

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world. – Janus Films

Screening as part of our Weekend Classics series on breaking the fourth wall, The Audience is Present.

  • Country Iran
  • Language Persian with English subtitles
  • Year 1990
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writer Abbas Kiarostami
  • Editor Abbas Kiarostami
  • Cinematographer Ali Reza Zarrindast
  • Cast Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah