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It is with great sadness yesterday that we learned of Abbas Kiarostami’s passing from this realm. The following was shared by author Mahmoud Reza Sani.

The Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who died yesterday at the age of 76, was simply one of the most original and influential directors in the history of cinema. He achieved something that few filmmakers ever have; the ability to create a national identity with his own cinematic style. He was the first Iranian filmmaker who expanded the history of cinema not merely in a sociological sense but in an artistic one, and his tenacious, bold, restless originality – an inventive audacity that carried through to his last two features both made outside of Iran – focused the attention of the world on Iranian cinema an opened Iranian cinema to other directors who have followed his path.

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