In Memoriam: Abbas Kiarostami, 1940-2016
Thursday, September 8 | 5:30 & 8 pm
An “engineer” and his two colleagues arrive in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan. The engineer soon strikes up a friendship with a young boy, exploring the rural locale on foot, in between the many phone calls that force him, in search of cell service, to drive to a nearby hilltop. All the while, he and his assistants (who never appear on screen) pay close attention to a centenarian on her deathbed. Symbols of death proliferate in this ultimately poetic and life-affirming exploration of the nature of the soul—even as the filmmaker makes extraordinary use of off-camera space in order to construct a world that is much greater than the one that appears on camera. The Wind Will Carry Us is one of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s supreme masterpieces, and helped to establish his near-universal reputation as one of the world’s greatest living directors, prior to his passing this past July.
Director Abbas Kiarostami 1999 Iran/France 118 minutes PG DCP