A lecture by Zara Abdullaeva: Abbas Kiarostami. Intermediate Cinema


From 17 July 2021




Garage Screen summer cinema
A lecture by Zara Abdullaeva: Abbas Kiarostami. Intermediate CinemaA lecture by Zara Abdullaeva: Abbas Kiarostami. Intermediate Cinema


Film critic Zara Abdullayeva will talk about the flickering dialogue between feature and documentary film in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.

Abbas Kiarostami confuses the viewer by shooting half-documentary half-feature films. In fact, the Iranian director problematizes this opposition by rejecting the preference of one method over the other. The addiction to making films in films is both Kiarostami’s mania and optics, allowing him to capture the “real” reality eluding our gaze.

It is cinema that becomes a way of identifying its characters, which the repressive Iranian reality does not imply. Kiarostami creates an ambiguous, double cinematic reality—conditionally documentary and unconditionally fictional. A dialogue between the visible and the unseen, the reconstruction of events and pseudo-reportage, between copy and the original is permanently maintained (or rather, flickers) in his pictures.

Along with football, cinema in Iran is almost sacred. Kiarostami’s cinematography tests this circumstance through experimentations with form, narrative, and image.



Zara Abdullaeva holds a candidate of art history degree and is the deputy editor-in-chief of Iskusstvo Kino (The Art of Cinema) magazine and a critic. She has been a jury member at international film festivals on a number of occasions. She is the author of numerous articles on film, theater, and literature and of the books Oleg Yankovsky. Offside; Real Cinema; Kira Muratova. The Art of Cinema; Postdoc. Non-fiction/Fiction; and Parautopia (co-authored with Anatoly Vasiliev). She is the author of a blog on the Iskusstvo Kino website.



 Free admission with advance registration.


The lecture will be followed by the premiere screenings of The Colors, How to Make Use of Leisure Time: Painting, Two Solutions for One Problem, and A Wedding Suit as part of Garage Screen’s Abbas Kiarostami retrospective. To visit the cinema, you must purchase a ticket.