• Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-up, coming to Criterion DVD and Blu-ray disc June 22, returns to the big screen this week, in a new twentieth-anniversary print courtesy of Janus Films that will play at New York’s Film Forum before making its way to other cities in the United States through July. To coincide with the rerelease, writer Joshua Land has contributed a thoughtful, in-depth essay on Close-up to Moving Image Source titled “Poetic License,” in which he investigates the heritage of Iranian modernist art in relation to the film, which he calls Kiarostami’s greatest and “one of the epochal works of contemporary global cinema.” Land places Close-up in a creative continuum with the works of such groundbreaking Iranian artists as Forugh Farrokhzad and Sadegh Hedayat, and argues for the film not merely as an experiment in combining fiction and documentary forms but as a work of true poetry, one that emotionally questions the boundaries of our everyday experience.

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  • By Christopher J. Boghosian
    March 27, 2010
    03:34 PM

    Fantastic! Mr. Kiarostami has been an inspiration to me and for my current film project. I highly look forward to the DVD and hopefully there will be a screening in LA.
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  • By Chris
    March 29, 2010
    03:30 PM

    Christopher! Barev! Tun hye es! Ench lav! There will be a screening in L.A. next Saturday, 4/10 at the Cinefamily at Fairfax and Melrose.
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  • By D-Man
    March 30, 2010
    05:52 PM

    I had the great opportunity to catch a screening of it at the Film Forum and it was definitely eye opening. Very touching film with interesting characters that challenges contemporary filmmaking. Very cool.
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