Film critic Anton Dolin and Garage Screen film program curator Evgeny Gusyatinsky will present the new issue of Iskusstvo Kino (The Art of Cinema) magazine featuring a section dedicated to Abbas Kiarostami.
The July issue of Iskusstvo Kino includes nine articles dedicated to the classic of Iranian cinema Abbas Kiarostami. It acquaints readers with reviews of Kiarostami’s seminal works written by film critics Inna Kushnareva, Anton Dolin, and Olga Kasyanova, as well as with essays by Alexey Artamonov and Zara Abdullaeva analyzing the Iranian filmmaker’s visual language. Garage Screen curator Evgeny Gusyatinsky has authored the introductory article to the Kiarostami section.
The issue also features three fragments of the director’s own writings, whereby Kiarostami discusses the origins of his practice, the relationship between film and real life, and photography as an art.
2020 was expected to become the year of Abbas Kiarostami, who would have turned eighty if he hadn’t suddenly passed away in 2016. Marking the anniversary, various cinematheques and museums across the globe had been preparing major retrospectives and surveys tracing the Iranian filmmaker’s path in cinema. Due to the pandemic, his films couldn’t return to the screen in 2020; however, being postponed to 2021. In Russia, an almost complete retrospective of Abbas Kiarostami comprising more than thirty films will be held at Garage Screen summer cinema.
The publication of a section of texts on Kiarostami is also timed to coincide with what would have been the Iranian director’s 80th jubilee.
The new issue of the magazine also contains articles on the theory and practice of YouTube, reviews of the main movies of the 2021 Berlinale, and a number of texts written hot on the heels of the peaceful protests in Belarus.
The magazine will be available for purchase with a 10% discount at Garage Bookshop.
The presentation is part of the public program Film and Nothing More accompanying Garage Screen’s Abbas Kiarostami retrospective.