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Where is the friend Kiarostami?

50 min visit

Pompidou Centre
19 May → 26 Jul 2021
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« A moving dive into the poetic power of this great filmmaker! »

Are you a film fan? If you have followed all the editions of the Cannes Film Festival and are over 20 years old, then you will love the Centre's new exhibition dedicated to the Iranian filmmaker and director Abbas Kiarostami, the enfant terrible of the Iranian New Wave. The exhibition, entitled "Where is the friend Kiarostami?", offers a unique insight into the world of a total artist. Graphic works, photographic series, sequences from well-known and lesser-known films, experiments that defy artistic nomenclature..., this complete retrospective highlights the aesthetic richness and existential significance of a protean work in which the reappropriation of an ancestral poetic tradition and the drive of creative vitality are intertwined. Designed by the Centre Pompidou, in collaboration with MK2 and the Kiarostami Foundation, it offers a journey between modules that cover more than a thousand square metres. "The Taste of Cherry", awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, "Where is My Friend's House" (1987), Close-up (1990), "The Wind Will Carry Us Away" (1999) are all masterpieces to be (re)discovered. Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away in 2016, leaves a major cinematographic work, composed of more than forty films, all of which are marked by unforgettable places and figures. A total artist, Abbas Kiarostami never ceased to push back the limits of photography, video art and the conception of digital works. The quintessential Persian poet, he has composed hundreds of poems himself and, at the same time, has appropriated the ancestral poetic tradition of his country to offer younger generations condensed wisdom and wonder.


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