Close-up

Close-up

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1990 • Iran

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event, the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots,Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.

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  • Close-up

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1990 • Iran

    Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real...

Extras

  • CLOSE-UP Commentary

    Recorded in 2009, this commentary features Iranian filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, coauthors of the book “Abbas Kiarostami.”

  • The Traveler

    At one point in CLOSE-UP, the main figure, Hossein Sabzian, says, “I am the child from the film THE TRAVELER who’s left behind.” Made in 1974, Abbas Kiarostami’s THE TRAVELER tells the story of a young boy who goes to great lengths to take a bus trip to see his favorite soccer team. Kiarostami ha...

  • “Close-Up” Long Shot

    Five years after CLOSE-UP, Mahmoud Chokrollahi made this intimate portrait of the film’s principal figure, Hossein Sabzian, which consists of conversations and interviews with Sabzian and people who know him. “CLOSE-UP” LONG SHOT is a remarkable account of the effect Abbas Kiarostami’s film had o...

  • Abbas Kiarostami Interview

    In this 2009 video interview, shot in Marrakech while Abbas Kiarostami was president of the Marrakech Film Festival jury, the director discusses CLOSE-UP and the impact it had on his career.

  • A Walk with Kiarostami

    Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akrami made this portrait of Abbas Kiarostami over the course of two days at the 2001 Galway Film Festival in Ireland. Shown first on a ferry and then on a nature photography walk, an unusually candid Kiarostami reflects on images, nature, water, film composition, ...