NEMA-YE NAZDIK / Abbas Kiarostami /100’/ 1990 / Irán

Direction: Abbas Kiarostami
Production: Kanun
Script: Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography: Abbas Kiarostami
Music: Kambiz Roushanavan

The film tells the true story of a movie fanatic who pretended to be the filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, swindling a family under the pretext that they could star in his new movie. The film has the participation of the people involved in the real event, acting as themselves in its recreation. Close-Up deals with themes such as human identity or the very conception of art and cinema within the framework of Iranian culture. The film helped boost Kiarostami’s recognition in Western world.

Abbas Kiarostami  (Tehran, Iran, 22 June 1940 – Paris, France, 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active filmmaker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively.