Abbas Kiarostami

Stanley Kauffmann on Films: States of Being
March 17, 2011

Certified Copy Sundance Selects In a Better World Sony Pictures Classics My Perestroika International Film Circuit The wondrous Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has made his first fiction feature outside Iran. Not only is it set in the West—in Italy—but the dialogue is in Italian, French, and English. First-rank film-makers are not always at their best away from home (Renoir and Antonioni in America, Bergman in Germany), but Certified Copy is authentically the work of the man who made Through the Olive Trees and Taste of Cherry. This is pleasantly surprising.

February 13, 2008

Caramel (Roadside Attractions) Woman on the Beach (New Yorker) The Silence Before Bach (Films 59) HOW SADDENING some films can be, no matter what their subjects are. In the 1950s and 1960s, when Spanish films by Saura and Bardem and others arrived here, their strengths were irresistible, but it was impossible to forget the dark contrast between the films and the country from which they came.