Abbas Kiarostami

Taste of Cherry

Taste of Cherry

The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great Abbas Kiarostami follows the middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) as he drives around the hilly outskirts of Tehran looking for someone who will agree to dispose of his body after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Extended conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian, and a taxidermist) elicit different views of mortality and individual choice. Operating at once as a closely observed, realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, Taste of Cherry challenges the viewer to consider what often goes unexamined in everyday life.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Project, Abbas Kiarostami’s 39-minute 1997 sketch film for Taste of Cherry, made with the director’s son Bahman Kiarostami
  • New interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy
  • Rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

New cover by Michael Boland

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Coming soon, available Jul 21, 2020

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Project, Abbas Kiarostami’s 39-minute 1997 sketch film for Taste of Cherry, made with the director’s son Bahman Kiarostami
  • New interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy
  • Rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

New cover by Michael Boland

Taste of Cherry
Cast
Homayoun Ershadi
Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri
Taxidermist
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari
Worker
Safar Ali Moradi
Soldier
Mir Hossein Noori
Seminarist
Credits
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Written, produced, and directed by
Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography
Homayoun Payvar
Sound
Jehangir Mirshekari
Mix
Mohammad Reza Delpak
First assistant director
Hassan Yekta
Second assistant director
Bahman Kiarostami

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