Close-up

an ABBAS KIAROSTAMI picture

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Title

Close-up

Director

Abbas Kiarostami

Producer

Ali Reza Zarrin

Nationality

Iran

Year

1990

Duration

90'

Language

Farsi

Format

Mono

Ratio

1.85

Original Title

Nema-ye Nazdik

Synopsis

Synopsis


A brilliant exploration of the power of movies. Frustrated young film buff, who had been posing as Mohsen Makhmalbaf, gets arrested! “The accused passing himself off as the celebrated film director, entered the life of a well-to-do family with the ostensible intention of wanting to make a film with their participation. All this has apparently been an excuse for exploring the family house and planning a burglary which was forestalled with the man’s arrest.” This headline and consequent article in a Tehran daily newspaper provided Kiarostami with the basic idea for a semi-documentary film. Kiarostami visited the accused in prison, contacted people at the judiciary department and obtained permission to shoot the court proceedings. He set up two cameras at the court: one with a wide-angle lens to record the trial, and the other one with a close-up lens to probe into the psychological truth of the case.

Synopsis

Press

"Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Festivals
& Awards

Cannes International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

Istanbul International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize

Montréal Festival of New Cinema
Quebec Film Critics Award for Best Film

Fajr Film Festival

Munich International Film Festival

São Paulo International Film Festival

Nantes Festival of 3 Continents

Gent International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

Cairo International Film Festival

Hawaii Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

Torino Film Festival

CPH:DOX

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Reykjavik International Film Festival

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

Rimini Film Festival
Silver Prize

Cast & Crew

Hossain Sabzian
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Abolfazl Ahankhah
Mehrdad Ahankhah
Monoochehr Ahankhah
Mahrokh Ahankhah
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni
Hossain Farazmand
Hooshang Shamaei
Mohammad Ali Barrati
Davood Goodarzi
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi
Hassan Komaili
Davood Mohabbat
Abbas Kiarostami
Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Producer Ali Reza Zarrin
Cinematographer Ali Reza Zarrindast
Editor Abbas Kiarostami
Sound Ahmad Asgari, Mahammad Haghighi

Releases

France - Les Films du Paradoxe

30.10.1991

Italy

01.11.1996

USA - The Criterion Collection

01.10.1990

France - Restored Version

20.04.2016