Abbas Kiarostami – The Art of Living

Harvest Films | 2003 | 52 mins

Director  Pat Collins, Fergus Daly  Producer  Pat Collins, Seamas McSwiney Editor James Finlan, Gordon Bruic Camera  Colm Hogan, Donal Gilligan

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.

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’