Abbas Kiarostami, more than a teacher of film and a leader of creative freedom, is a fountain of wisdom and being close to this flowing stream is both a fortune and an adventure.
He was born in Tehran on June 22, 1940 and from an early age showed great fondness for images: plotting them, painting them, putting them in motion, accompanying them with sounds and silence, filling them with stories both real and fictitious, beautiful and shocking. as befitted them. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Tehran. He was a graphic designer, and subsequently created a film section at the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. It is there where he made his first film The Bread and Alley, a neorealist documentary. That was soon followed by feature films such as Where is the Friend’s House? (1987), Close up (1990), Life, and Nothing More (1992), Through the Olive Trees (1994) and Willow and Wind (1999). In 1997 he received the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the film Taste of Cherry, becoming the universal exponent of a new wave of Iranian cinema. In 2010 his film Certified Copy received Gold in the 55 SEMINCI at Valladolid and San Francisco festivals. Juliette Binoche also won the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2010 for this film. His career in film stacks up now with over 70 awards and nominations.
Abbas Kiarostami is an emblematic figure of world cinema, especially identified with conceptual freedom of expression and aesthetics. But his creativity flies freely in other artistic genres such as poetry, photography and arts installations. Thank you, Abbas, for showing that the word life also means creation and freedom.