Iran mourns its greatest filmmaker — Al-Monitor com | Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-Winning Filmmaker, Dies at 76

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (R) receives an award from U.S. director Martin Scorsese during the closing ceremony of the 5th Marrakesh International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 19, 2005. REUTERS/Andrea Comas/File Photo - RTX2JPDJ
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (R) receives an award from U.S. director Martin Scorsese during the closing ceremony of the 5th Marrakesh International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 19, 2005. REUTERS/Andrea Comas/File Photo – RTX2JPDJ

Iranian film legend Abbas Kiarostami died July 4 at the age of 76 in France, thousands of miles away from his place of birth in Tehran, where he and other filmmakers ushered in the so-called Iranian New Wave. While Kiarostami had recently been in Iran receiving treatment for cancer, the news of his death has shocked Iranians and film lovers across the world.

“Iran has lost a towering figure in international cinema,” tweeted Iran’s Foreign MinisterMohammad Javad Zarif. He called the filmmaker “ostad,” an honorific that means “maestro.” Culture Minister Ali Jannati called Kiarostami a humanist who introduced a new cinema that brought the Iranian arts to the world. Majid Majidi, another Iranian New Wave filmmaker who most recently directed the government-funded mega-budget film about the Prophet Muhammad, said that Kiarostami “was not just a filmmaker, he was a philosopher.” Academy Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi, who became an international name with his 2011 film “A Separation,” credited Kiarostami for paving the way for him and other film directors.

Read more on Al-Monitor com

See Also:

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-Winning Filmmaker, Dies at 76 — Hollywood Reporter com

Iran cinema: Abbas Kiarostami, award-winning film director, dies at 76 — BBC com

Aga Khan Museum Issues Statement on the Loss of Abbas Kiarostami — Ismaili Mail

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The doors Abbas Kiarostami photographed were all closed, often bolted and padlocked

The doors Abbas Kiarostami photographed were all closed, often bolted and padlocked

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