How an Iranian master influenced a Canadian filmmaker Hugh Gibson curates The

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: When Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami passed away in July, I was devastated. For me, he was among the world’s greatest artists: endlessly brilliant across multiple disciplines (among them cinema, photography, writing) and highly inspirational. Seeing Kiarostami in person was a major event, first at the TIFF Cinematheque in 2001 (presenting ABC Africa), then during an “In Conversation With” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in November 2015.When I learned of his passing, I was completing my first feature as director, The Stairs, which screens at TIFF ’16. I couldn’t help but reflect on what Kiarostami’s work means to me and his influence on my career. I find it difficult to express the depth of my feeling around Kiarostami’s work. I think he might even be pleased by that. His films are filled with scenarios that capture quiet moments of contemplation, or which pose questions that aren’t necessarily made explicit or answered. He frequently invites the viewer to fill in the blanks themselves. In Jonathan Rosenbaum and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa’s book, Abbas Kiarostami, the director is quoted: “My intention… is to show signs of reality that viewers won’t necessarily comprehend but will nonetheless feel.”last_img

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