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Up Next in Abbas Kiarostami’s Childhood Films

  • First Case, Second Case

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1979 • Iran
    Starring Mehdi Azadbakht, Mohammadreza Barati, Hedayat Matin Daftari

    Made in the spring of 1979, not long after the shah’s overthrow, this extraordinary film serves as a Rorschach blot for people in a revolutionary mindset. Abbas Kiarostami stages two v...

  • Toothache

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1980 • Iran

    Though much of this film by Abbas Kiarostami is a straightforward lecture about dental hygiene delivered by a dentist facing the camera, it still manages to be persuasively Kiarostami-esque in its description of young Mohammad-Reza’s life at home and sc...

  • Orderly or Disorderly

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1981 • Iran

    The first shot shows students descending a staircase in calm, orderly fashion, then the second details the same action as a chaotic rush. Separated by slates and director Abbas Kiarostami’s voice intoning, “Sound, camera,” subsequent sequences describe ...