Director Abbas Kiarostami Balanced Realism and Poetry, Censors and Viewers
By THOMAS ERDBRINKJULY 5, 2016
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Abbas Kiarostami, in 2015. Credit Marta Perez/European Pressphoto Agency
TEHRAN — It was a hot June evening last year when my wife and I received an invitation for a gathering at a rooftop garden here. No reason for the event was given, but when we walked in — carelessly, without gifts — it turned out that a monument of cinema was celebrating his 75th birthday.
It was a surprise get-together, and the guest of honor, Abbas Kiarostami — a filmmaker, photographer and poet — quietly and modestly received congratulations, the same way he had received dozens of international awards for his movies.
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