Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. The Magic of the Digital

Date

From 18 August 2021 to 29 August 2021

Place

Garage Screen summer cinema
Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective. The Magic of the DigitalAbbas Kiarostami Retrospective. The Magic of the Digital

DESCRIPTION

The fourth section in the retrospective is focused on Abbas Kiarostami’s first digital films—the experimental works that naturally reanimated the magic of classical cinema in a new form.

Like many other filmmakers, at the beginning of the new century, Kiarostami did not only give up film for a digital camera but became its champion, for in digital, he saw new opportunities for film and for interacting with the everyday and the political reality.

For Kiarostami, the digital moving image was an organic development of film, allowing for a more minimalist yet monumental aesthetic and a more uninterrupted and contemplative gaze.

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

Film screening: Ten

An unnamed woman played by Iranian artist and actress Mania Akbari drives a taxi in Tehran. Her passengers are her relatives as well as random clients: her son, who accuses her of selfishness because of her divorce; her sister, who is more patient in marriage yet is also having trouble with her child; a senior lady who prays in a mausoleum three times a day; and a young woman whose fiancé is unsure about their wedding. Ten taxi passengers represent polar worldviews—from devout religiosity to cynical, practical wisdom, and, without noticing, the taxi driver assimilates their ideas, changes herself, and changes her fellow travelers. 

Date
Saturday, August 21
Time
20:00–21:30
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: 10 on Ten

In the documentary 10 on Ten (2004)—a lesson, a manifesto and a master-class—Abbas Kiarostami spends ninety minutes driving in the mountains outside Tehran where he had filmed his Taste of Cherry (1997), speaks about the making of Ten (2002)—his first feature shot entirely on digital cameras—and explains his approach to filmmaking. This little-known documentary, which is very important for understanding Kiarostami, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.

Date
Saturday, August 21
Time
22:30–00:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Premiere: Five

Five shots, averaging about ten minutes each, capture several bodies of water at different times of the day. A piece of wood drifts away and then approaches the seashore during a powerful tide. Four elderly men gather on the shore and talk while watching the sea. Dogs frolic by the water during the morning calm. A long caravan of ducks passes through the same place during different times of the day. The moon floods the night pond until the onset of dawn. Abbas Kiarostami’s homage to his favorite director, the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu, was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Date
Wednesday, August 25
Time
20:00–21:30
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Film screening: ABC Africa

Invited by the UN, in 2000 Abbas Kiarostami traveled to Uganda to make a film about the Women’s Effort to Rescue Orphans, an initiative launched in response to disasters leaving more than two million Ugandan children without parents. During his first, ten-day-long research trip, he filmed about twenty hours of video diary on a digital camera, documenting not only the suffering and death caused by the civil war and AIDS and malaria epidemics but also the joyful faces of kids who saw the camera for the first time. After returning to Iran, Kiarostami edited this rough footage into a film, thinking that he would never again get an opportunity to record a more natural reaction from his protagonists. The emotional and self-reflective picture premiered out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Date
Sunday, August 29
Time
20:30–21:30
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema