TAKE ME HOME | Dir. Abbas Kiarostami | 2016 | 16 min paired with
76 MINUTES AND 15 SECONDS WITH ABBAS KIAROSTAMI | Dir. Seifollah Samadian | 2016 | 76 min
Cinema lost one of its greatest voices in 2016 when master director Abbas Kiarostami suddenly passed away. In a special tribute to his legacy, the Calgary Cinematheque is showing the beautiful short film Take Me Home, the last work that Kiarostami completed. Following the short film is the lovely documentary 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami directed by Kiarostami’s long time collaborator, Seifollah Samadian, who worked as a cinematographer with Kiarostami for over 25 years. The documentary, which includes excerpts from various films and projects that Kiarostami worked on, brings new insight into how Kiarostami went about realizing his vision and created some of the most beautiful films ever made. The title refers to the film’s length of 76 minutes and 15 seconds but is also a reference to the age of Kiarostami when he passed away at the age of 76 years and 15 days. Both Take Me Home and the documentary highlight the artistic genius of Abbas Kiarostami and will allow film fans to view/revisit his works with a new understanding of his style.
Our tribute to Abbas Kiarostami is the sixth evening in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series. One-time opportunities to find rising masters and see critically acclaimed, under-exposed world cinema.