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Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami, born in Tehran on June 22, 1940, took an interest in drawing at an early age. Upon passing the entrance exam for a graphic art course, he left the family home at age 18.

From 1960 to 1968, he designed some titles for fiction films, including those for M. Kimiai’s renowned GHEYSHAR. While working as a clerk in a police station, he enrolled at the Fine Arts School. In 1969, he founded the Cinema Department of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. This department subsequently became one of the most prestigious studios in Iran. Directors who have worked there include A. Naderi, B. Bayzaï, D. Mehrjui, E. Forozesh, Dj. Panahi, Sobrah Sh. Saless…

Since 1970, Abbas Kiarostami has shot a large number of short films and features. His favorite subject until 1991 was childhood. He likes to work with non-professional actors in natural settings. His work is imbued with Chekhovian humor and tinged with poetry.

He has been a jury member in a number of festivals: Locarno in 1990, Cannes in 1993, Venice in 1985, San Sebastian in 1996. He won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 1997 for TASTE OF CHERRY.