Being and Nothingness

Being and Nothingness

2 Episodes

The humanism that courses through Iranian cinema is beautifully expressed in these profound and piercing meditations on mortality. Acclaimed at film festivals worldwide, Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi’s THE SILENCE is a heartrending portrait of a young Kurdish refugee living in Italy who must choose what—and what not—to interpret for her mother when she receives life-changing news during a hospital visit. It is paired with one of the defining works of nineties cinema, Abbas Kiarostami’s Palme d’Or–winning masterpiece TASTE OF CHERRY, which takes a minimalist setup—a man who has decided to commit suicide drives through the outskirts of Tehran searching for someone to bury him—and imbues it with transcendent philosophical richness.

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Being and Nothingness
  • The Silence

    Episode 1

    Directed by Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi • 2016 • Italy, France

    Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, she has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent.

  • Taste of Cherry

    Episode 2

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1997 • Iran

    Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, s...