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Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
38 - 39 St Andrews St., CB2 3AR Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Tickets only £5 for all.
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Iran 1974. 74 mins.
This screening is a very rare presentation of the first feature of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. This giant of the cinema sadly died recently, and Peter Bradshaw described him in his obituary as «one of the world’s foremost auteurs ».
Kiarostami’s first feature film, and arguably one of his best, The Traveller was made for Kanoon (The Centre for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults). A suspenseful, witty story of a young boy’s determination to travel from his small town to Tehran to attend a national football match, it combines realism with the economy and precision of a visual artist (the director’s first occupation before turning filmmaker). Featuring brilliant performances by a cast of non-actors, the film has one of the most gripping, unforgettable endings in film history.
Iranian film critic and film curator, Ehsan Khoshbakht, will be introducing the film. He has said of the early Kiarostami films, they are «works of a humanist, imaginative, poetic cinema and a real treat for even those who are not familiar with the importance of Kiarostami in film history.»
Short interview with Ehsan about the screening is published here: whencuriositythreatens.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/special-screening-of-abbas-kiarostamis-the-traveller-1974/
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