UNESCO Director-General pays tribute to the memory of Abbas Kiarostami, “Iranian poet filmmaker”
UNESCO Director-General paid tribute to the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, author of a vast work and winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival in 1997. He presented his films at UNESCO, notably Taste of Cherry, and contributed to the UNESCO Courier on many occasions.
"World cinema has lost one of its greatest artists, an outstanding driver of the Iranian film revival, the inventor of a unique genre of deeply personal road movies. Kiarostami explored the essence of Iranian culture and society to share universal stories. Drawing on an absolute formal excellence, through the constant questioning of the meaning of beings and things, in a both simple and profound manner, he will continue to influence generations of filmmakers and film lovers in search for humanism and poetry, in Iran and across the whole world,” said the Director-General.
Read more about Abbas Kiarostami in the UNESCO Courier:
- Interview: "Between dreams and reality" (UNESCO Courier, February 1998)
- Interview with Abbas Kiarostami (UNESCO Courier, July-August 1995)
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