Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1994 • Iran
Starring Mohammad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva
Abbas Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of THE KOKER TRILOGY. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of AND LIFE GOES ON, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors—a young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife, even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him—creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality.
Jamsheed Akrami and Godfrey Cheshire on THE KOKER TRILOGY
In 2018, the Criterion Collection recorded this conversation between scholar Jamsheed Akrami and critic Godfrey Cheshire on the subject of Abbas Kiarostami's KOKER TRILOGY, its importance to the New Iranian Cinema, and whether it can properly be called a trilogy at all.