R.I.P. Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died in Paris at the age of 76. The acclaimed helmer had been receiving treatment for gastrointestinal cancer and had traveled to France for a series of operations.

The Tehran-born Kiarostami first started making shorts, documentaries and local films back in the 1970s and stayed in Iran after the revolution where he made the famed Koker trilogy. He first came to prominence on the international scene with 1990’s “Close-Up” in which he got the actual people in a real-life incident to re-enact events in a man defrauds a family and ultimately went to trial.

His 1997 film “Taste of Cherry,” about a man searching for someone to bury him after he commits suicide, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed that with “The Wind Will Carry Us,” “Ten,” “Tickets” and “Shirin” along with his most recent and widely viewed films – the Juliette Binoche-led “Certified Copy” and the Tokyo-set “Like Someone in Love”.

Along with numerous documentary shorts, Kiarostami also wrote and produced other works including Jafar Panahi’s directing debut “The White Balloon”.

Source: BBC News