Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Before the Revolution

Date

From 01 July 2021 to 10 July 2021

Place

Garage Screen summer cinema
Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Before the RevolutionAbbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Before the Revolution

DESCRIPTION

The first section in the retrospective includes early shorts and features made in the 1970s, before the Islamic Revolution—and Kiarostami’s personal revolution that transformed his creative vision.

His early films shot at Kanun (Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults) are often described as neorealist. However, in these works, Kiarostami already liberated film from the constraints of narrative and the conventions of realism. His very first shorts (The Bread and Alley, Breaktime) and features (The Experience, The Traveler, A Wedding Suit) contain the themes of travel and the far journey, human choice, and the relationship between the copy and the original—which became central in his later work.

tickets

Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

 GARAGE cardholders:  175 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

Schedule

Premieres: So Can I, The Bread and Alley, The Experience

Kiarostami’s earliest films—the black-and-white short The Bread and Alley and the just under one-hour-long black-and-white drama The Experience—already crystallize his vision of cinema as a subtle play between reality and mimesis, document and imagination, transparency and impenetrability. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored versions of these films.

Date
Wednesday, July 1
Time
21:30–23:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premieres: Two Solutions for One Problem, Breaktime, The Traveler

Детство, футбол и одиночное постижение мира за пределами дома — лейтмотивы короткого метра «После уроков» и полного метра «Путешественник», ранних фильмов Киаростами, которые словно продолжают друг друга. Обе картины — взрослое кино о детях, в котором в опыте ребенка отражается необъятная протяженность мира — физическая и экзистенциальная, и всегда превосходящая человеческий опыт. В Garage Screen пройдет российская премьера отреставрированных версий фильмов.

Date
Saturday, July 3
Time
21:30–23:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premieres: Colors, How to Make Use of Leisure Time: Painting, Solution, A Wedding Suit

The short Solution and the feature A Wedding Suit belong to the period in Abbas Kiarostami's work that can be described as neorealist and have clear genre overtones. Solution is a witty adventure/absurdist sketch about a man that can find an extravagant solution to any difficult situation. A Wedding Suit is a drama about three teenage friends that secretly share a wedding suit that does not belong to them: a seductive symbol of adulthood and social status. Garage Screen will show the Russian premiere of the restored films.

Date
Wednesday, July 7
Time
21:30–23:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premieres: Tribute to the Teachers; First Case, Second Case

First Case, Second Case is Kiarostami’s moral parabola, filmed with difficulty at the dawn of the Iranian Revolution. A persistent knock on something disrupts the lesson. Trying to detect the culprit, the teacher expels seven boys from the back of the classroom, where the noise originated. The boys have a choice—to either betray the person responsible or show solidarity and share the punishment. These two choices are commented on by the pupils’ parents and representatives of the Iranian authorities, their often opposing views revealing the dialectics of relations between a person and a collective, order and resistance, opposition and power, which becomes especially acute in an era of political change. The screening is preceded by Kiarostami’s short Tribute to the Teachers—a documentary portrait of experienced teachers and their grown-up students, some of whom have also become pedagogues. Garage Screen presents the Russian premiere of the restored films.

Date
Saturday, July 10
Time
21:30–23:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema