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Kiarostami’s Final Scene

Kiarostami’s Final Scene

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “24 Frames” actually consists of 24 four-and-a-half-minute non-narrative short films made by the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In 2016, three years into production on the project — created using software with the aid of visual effects supervisor Ali Kamali — Kiarostami passed away and the film was completed in post-production under […]

When Prison May Be an Escape

When Prison May Be an Escape

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The Iranian government likes to put up a façade of moral rectitude. As one might guess, this façade is paper-thin to actual Iranians, like the teenage girl prisoners profiled in Mehrdad Oskouei’s documentary “Starless Dreams.” I’ve never seen such a harsh and pitiless view of the Islamic Republic. In an interview […]

An Iranian in Paris

An Iranian in Paris

BY STEVE ERICKSON |In 2011, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi made history with his film “A Separation,” which enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success and became the first Iranian movie ever to win an Oscar. It grossed about $7 million dollars in the US, quite good for a foreign-language film these days, especially one not made […]