“One of the 50 best films ever made.” – 2012 Sight & Sound Poll

“The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.” – Time Out

[It] looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion. – The New York Times

In memory of the legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, we’re presenting a screening of his universally acclaimed masterpiece, CLOSE-UP, hosted by Director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes, Chop Shop). Kiarostami’s films had a profound impact of Ramin and he was fortunate to call the master filmmaker a personal friend (We encourage you to read the moving IndieWire article he recently published honoring his late mentor).

Ramin will share stories of the master filmmaker’s life and career and lead an interactive discussion with Hamid Dabashi (Professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University) following the screening. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kiarostami (or simply want to know him better), we’re thrilled to offer you an evening of total immersion into the depth and beauty of his life and cinematic work.

“While reading a novel by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf on the bus, Ali Sabzian strikes up a conversation with a pretty girl, Mahrokh Ahankhah. When she tells him her family admires Makhmalbaf’s work, Ali pretends to be the filmmaker to impress her. Becoming friendly with the Ahankhahs, Ali tells them he is preparing a new movie, but when they uncover his true identity, he is arrested for fraud. This film reenacts the true story of the incident, with Ali and the family playing themselves.”

Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990, HD Digital Presentation, 98 min.