Abbas Kiarostami - The Art of Living
Harvest Films | 2003 | 52 mins Bord Scannán na hÉireann
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Pat Collins' and Fergus Daly’s documentary is a unique film essay on the world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. The film is framed around two interviews with Kiarostami, one on the Aran Islands and the other at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Intercut with these are interpretations of his work by those at the forefront of film criticism in the world today: Alain Bergala, Godfrey Cheshire, Michel Ciment, Adrian Martin and Jonathan Rosenbaum and colleagues such as Marin Karmitz, Jamsheed Akrami and Mohammad Attebai.
Dir: Pat Collins & Fergus Daly | Prod: Seamas McSwiney & Pat Collins | Ed: James Finlan and Gordon Bruic | Camera: Colm Hogan & Donal Gilligan
Best Documentary Award 2nd Place - Galway Film Fleadh 2003
“… This picture serves as an excellent introduction, combining clips and interviews to illustrate the complex poetic textures. A fascinating examination of Kiarostami’s stills photography, video art and haiku-like poetry … it has something to offer viewers regardless of their familiarity with the Iranian’s auteur’s work…” Scott Foundas, ‘Variety’ Magazine
Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living was picked up for international distribution by MK2 France in 2004. It has played in over twenty international festivals and sold to various international TV channels including The Arts Channel, Swedish TV. It was also available as an extra feature on the DVD of Kiarostami’s ‘ABC Africa’