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Born in Teheran in 1940, Kiarostami is one of the greatest contemporary Iranian artists as director, screenwriter, poet, painter and sculptor. After graduating from the University of Fine Arts of Teheran, he worked in advertising and as an illustrator of children’s books. He made his directorial debut with a series of black-and-white short films, one of which, Nan va koutcheh (The Bread and Alley), was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1972. He became one of the most active directors in the field of films for children. It is no coincidence that the main character of his first feature-length film Mossafer (The Traveler, 1974) is a ten-year-old child trying to find a way to attend a football game in Teheran. His films also include Gozaresh (1977), the story of a functionary of the Ministry of Finance accused of taking bribes, whose marriage is on the rocks; Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend’s Home?, 1987), which in 1989 won the Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, Zire darakhatan zeyton(Through the Olive Trees, 1994), presented at the Cannes Film Festival; Tickets (2005), a collective film in three episodes directed by Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermanno Olmi; Copie conforme (Certified Copy, 2010), filmed in Tuscany (Prize for best Actress to Juliette Binoche at the Cannes Film Festival 2010). Kiarostami has been a protagonist of the Venice Film Festival several times: in 1995 he was a member of the jury of the official competition chaired by Guglielmo Biraghi, the following year he returned in competition with his own film Ta’m-e-gilass (Taste of Cherry, which in 1997 won the Golden Palm at Cannes). In 1999 he won an important acknowledgment at the Venice Film Festival: Bad ma ra khahad bord(The Wind Will Carry Us) won the Grand Jury Prize. In 2001 he participated in the Art Biennale with the photographic work Hazan. In 2008 he was back at the Venice Film Festival, out of competition, with the experimental film Shirin, in which one hundred fourteen famous Iranian film and theatre actresses, in addition to Juliette Binoche, silently watch a theatrical representation of the ancient Persian poem Khosrow and Shirin, staged by Kiarostami himself. The production is not however visible to the film viewer: the story is told by the faces of the women watching the piece. His last film Like Someone in Love (2012), set in Tokyo, was presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
1972 – Nan va koutcheh (The Bread and Alley) – Mostra Internazionale del Film Documentario e Cortometraggio (director)
1996 – Ta’m-e-gilass (Taste of Cherry) – In competition (screenplay, director)
1999 – Le vent nous emportera (The Wind Will Carry Us) – In competition (screenplay, director)
1999 – Volte sempre, abbas! – Nuovi territori (story author)
2008 – Shirin – Out of competition (director)

1999 – Le vent nous emportera (The Wind Will Carry Us) – Grand Special Jury Prize

1995 – Venezia 52 (member)


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