7/05/2007

Abbas Kiarostami's Works in Berkeley

I am so excited! Starting this Sunday, July 8th, there will be an exhibition of Abbas Kiarostami's photography in UC Berkeley's Art Museum. This is to compliment his film series which will also be featured in UC Berkeley's Pacific Film Archives, capturing each stage of the director's remarkable career. Many of Kiarostami's films, especially his rarely screened early works made for the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, will be shown. I guess now you know how I'll be spending my leisure time for the next two months! As I go and learn, I'll post my findings here. I can't wait to see the sweet and easy dialogues of love he has in his "Under the Olive Trees" again. I can't wait to look at the world through his optimistic and hopeful eyes. I can't wait to see the films I have never seen before. I'm so excited! If you live in this area, mark your calendars and go. You won't regret it.
Found the photo here.

14 comments:

FarNice said...

That was amazing, i have seen the "Ten" for 2 hours ago.today! i haven't seen it before. but i didn like it, i mean, i liked the whole concept but i didn like the way he presented this concept. my oponion. ha? ( anyway, it's Kiarostamys ;) ) by the way it was amazing to think about a movie and read s.th about the director exactly in your lovely blog nazy.
besides, i should have tell u thank u for your answer ( 2-3 post ago ) and wish u and your handsomes good summer ( the rest ;) ) , i will work on the "USA-Travel-Idea" i would love to.
cheers,
Farnaz.

Mehran said...

watta hell!!! ;D

Anonymous said...

It is fantastic nazy jan,
will he be there too?
I gotta come to visit them.
thanks for information.
bayram

Assal said...

Thanks for reminding me about this event!

Nazy said...

Dear FarNice:

Thanks for coming! I have seen Ten several times. You are right, it isn't Kiarostami's "sweetest" work, as it addresses sad social topics, and the limited scenery gets a little tiring. It does have his trademark in it, though, and that is to direct a child into delivering the best performance of all in his movie! I'm glad you are thinking about my idea! Have a safe trip home and keep in touch.

Nazy said...

Mehran: I know you are surprised about this, as I know how much you love Kiarostami! Come join us whenever you can over the coming weeks in Berkeley. I think it will be superb!

Nazy said...

Salam Bayram! I don't know, but I am hopeful that he will show up! His son lives in our area now, and I did run into him at that book event last month. The "autograph junkie" that I am, I will take the DVD's I have with me, in case he is there! I once took a very old book I had to an event where an Iranian author was giving a lecture. When he saw his dog-eared first edition book in my hand, he said: "That's my most favorite book!" I was polite and offered it to him, but thankfully he refused and signed my book for me! Call and join us on Sunday if you can!

Nazy said...

Assal Jan, let me know if you want to go on Sunday. I can come pick you up.

ا. ش said...

خانه ی دوست کجاست به نظر من نه تنها یک فیلم زیبا از کیارستمی است، بلکه یکی از زیباترین فیلم هایی است که تاکنون دیده ام. این فیلم آمیزه ایست از سادگی، پیچیدگی، و محتوا و معنا برپایه ی اصیلترین رابطه ی انسان ها با یک دیگر و با طبیعت در متن طبیعت؛ یعنی مهر و دوستی

Mehran said...

sobh bekhair, just wanted stop by and say good morning,

Nazy said...

Alef Shin: Yes, I agree. Some films are so perfect, nothing is missing in them. "Khaneye Doost Kojast?" is one of them. I think Kiarostami's film are sophisticated because numerous simple elements are organized in his movies to deliver a message.

Nazy said...

Mehran:

And a Good Morning To You, Too! I wanted to remind you that on Tuesday July 10th, they will also show your favorite short film, Mehran, the one you had in one of your posts recently (Two Solutions for One Problem).

Assal said...

Hi Nazy Joon: I have already seen "Ten". But, if there is one film to recommend in this upcoming series, what would it be?

Nazy said...

Assal Jan: You make it so hard to choose just one! I think any of the three movies "Where Is the Friend's Home?", "And Life Goes On," and "Through the Olive Trees" could be a good representation of Kiarostami's style of moviemaking. I'm going to "The Wind Will Carry Us" tonight.