Through the Olive Trees (زیر درختان زیتون / Zir-e derakhatan-e zeytun, 1994)
May 27, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM | Saturday
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Original Title: زیر درختان زیتون / Zir-e derakhatan-e zeytun
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Runtime: 103 min
Language: Persian, with English subtitles
SILVER HUGO (BEST FILM) Chicago International Film Festival 1994
CRITICS AWARD São Paulo International Film Festival 1994
GOLDEN SPIKE Valladolid International Film Festival 1994
SILVER SCREEN AWARD Singapore International Film Festival 1995
Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final instalment of The Koker Trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of And Life Goes On, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors – a young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife, even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him – creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, Through the Olive Trees peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality. (Text by Criterion Collection)
This screening is part of 6 Films by Abbas Kiarostami. For the full programme, please click here.
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