Detroit Film Theatre

Iranian Cinema: CLOSE-UP

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Iran/1990—directed by Abbas Kiarostami)

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry) has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and his 1990 Close-up remains his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and the nature of existence, in which the real people from the case portray themselves on screen. With its universal themes and fascinating, unpredictable narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world and paved the way for the torrent of exciting Iranian cinema that followed. In Persian with English subtitles. (98 min.)

“The film that redefined Iranian cinema… wholly new and original.”Godfrey Cheshire, Film Comment

“The best Iranian film ever made.”Film International

“One of the ten best films of the nineties.”Susan Sontag

Admission to this show is free for DIA members. 

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM

Presented in conjunction with the DIA special exhibition Shirin Neshat, opening April 7th, 2013. This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.