Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Dismantling the Fourth Wall

Date

From 14 July 2021 to 24 July 2021

Place

Garage Screen summer cinema
Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Dismantling the Fourth WallAbbas Kiarostami Retrospective. Dismantling the Fourth Wall

DESCRIPTION

The second section of the retrospective features films that marked the beginning of Kiarostami’s exploration of the nature of film and the moving image and their connection with the physical reality.

From the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Kiarostami worked a lot as a documentary maker, appearing before the camera and inserting into his narrative the device and the theme of “a film about the film,” central in his work. Thus subverting the suspension of disbelief, conventional even in documentaries, he activated the viewer’s participation and brought to their attention the space between the screen and the audience. In the documentaries of the time, he seemed to have gathered visual material for his later features, in which the line between the document and invention, the real and the imaginary, the original and the copy became blurry and uncertain.

The section includes one of Kiarostami’s most conceptual films, Close-up that merged documentation, fiction, and reconstruction to the point of indistinction, as well as the first film in Kiarostami's Koker trilogy Where Is the Friend's Home?, which grew out of his documentary Homework and became his first international success.

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: Orderly or Disorderly, Fellow Citizen

Abbas Kiarostami’s two poignantly political and arch films are reflections on control and freedom. Continuing the director’s versatile yet subtle exploration of Iranian society, Fellow Citizen places the viewer in the heart of Tehran, where a police officer at a checkpoint decides who is granted a travel permit and who is not. The structured and, at the same time, chaotic flow of cars and people develops one of Kiarostami’s key motives dealing with movement, echoing his other work, Orderly or Disorderly, a conceptual analysis of the variability of any situation. Garage Screen will show the Russian premieres of the restored films.

Date
Wednesday, July 14
Time
21:30–23:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premieres: The Chorus, Close-up

A needy middle-aged Tehran citizen is so obsessed with cinema that he pretends to be the famous Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In this role, he gains the trust of a wealthy family and even promises to shoot its members in his new film. Based on real-life events and involving their participants, Close-Up is Kiarostami’s first universally acclaimed masterpiece. This is a multilayered film about everyday life and imagination, play and identity, in which Kiarostami imperceptibly yet forever erases the line between documentary and fiction, fact and reconstruction, actor and character. The screening will be preceded by the Russian premiere of the restored version of Kiarostami’s short The Chorus that explores the relationship between sound and image.

Date
Saturday, July 17
Time
21:30–23:30
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premieres: Toothache, First Graders

Like many other Abbas Kiarostami’s films about childhood made in the 1970s and 1980s, Toothache and First Graders are both educational pictures and auteur statements tackling the theme of obedience/disobedience, important for the director. Garage Screen presents the Russian premieres of their restored versions.

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

Premieres: Where Is the Friend's Home? and Homework

Kiarostami’s famous drama Where Is the Friend's Home? opens his Koker trilogy set in the Iranian village of the same name and which transparently mixes document and invention, film and the reality of its making. Two years after its release, this moving story about childhood and coming of age grew into the documentary Homework about the clash between the child and the system.

Date
Saturday, July 24
Time
21:00–00:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema