ABBAS KIAROSTAMI(1940- ) Iran "Nearly all of Kiarostami’s films are inspired by his immediate experiences, and he always uses nonprofessional actors. The distinction between documentary and fiction is often blurred in his work, and Kiarostami himself resists their neat separation... Kiarostami’s films break away from conventional narrative, and are completely self-referential, often eschewing a strict chronological structure... Employing simple imagery of daily life with an emphasis on the Iranian landscape, Kiarostami is a master of using visual imagery to convey abstract philosophical ideas and his characters’ inner struggles of the soul."
-Mita Lad, Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
"The films of Iranian master Kiarostami, while succeeding partly as oblique but illuminating reflections of his country's recent history, occupy a more fertile territory somewhere between documentary and self-reflexive, modernist drama...Kiarostami's humane compassion for his characters shines bright, his simple compositions and stories and long takes a mark of deep respect for their quiet integrity and strength of spirit."
-Geoff Andrew, The Director's Vision
"Good cinema is what we can believe and bad cinema is what we can't believe. What you see and believe in is very much what I'm interested in."
1970 The Bread and Alley
1972 The Breaktime (short)
1973 The Experience
1974 The Traveler
1975 So Can I (short)
1975 Two Solutions for One Problem
1976 The Colors (short)
1976 A Suit for Wedding (short)
1977 The Report
1977 Tribute to the Teachers (short)
1977 How to Make Use of Our Leisure Time?
1978 Solution No. 1 (short)
1979 First Case, Second Case (documentary)
1980 Dental Hygiene
1981 Orderly or Disorderly
1982 The Chorus (short)
1983 Fellow Citizen (documentary)
1983 Toothache (short)
1984 First Graders (documentary)
1987 Where Is the Friend's Home?
1991 Life, and Nothing More...
1994 Through the Olive Trees
1995 Lumière and Company (documentary)
1997 Taste of Cherry
1999 The Wind Will Carry Us
2001 ABC Africa (documentary)
2004 10 on Ten (documentary)
2006 Roads of Kiarostami (documentary short)
2007 Kojast jaye residan (documentary short)
2010 Certified Copy
I'm downloading a copy of his latest now and will do everything in my power to see it in theaters and certainly will buy it on home video. And I think ABC Africa should be bolded (it's pretty acclaimed), but I haven't seen it. I also think Taste of Cherry hasn't held up as well critically as, say, Close-up, Where Is My Friend's House? and The Wind Will Carry Us, so I didn't red.