IN MEMORY OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI: CLOSE-UP
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990, 94mins
A brilliant exploration of the power of cinema, Close-Up reconstructs the true story of a cinephile’s attempt to become a filmmaker he admires. Hossein Sabzian introduces himself as celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and, under the pretext of working on a film project, enters the private life of a well-to-do Tehran family and eventually faces fraud charges. The film blends documentary and fiction within a sublime, sharp cinematic language frame by featuring the actual people involved while constantly playing with fictional film form. Close-Up is widely considered to be Kiarostami’s masterpiece.