SHIRIN 92 min
Iran 92 min 2008 Colour Persian
Abbas Kiarostami (born 1940, Tehran; died 2016, Paris) studied at the College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran, and originally worked as a graphic designer, book illustrator, and advertising filmmaker. In 1969, he co-founded the cinema division of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults (Kanoon) in Tehran. Since 1970, when he was 30 years old, he directed numerous films for which he received important awards and prizes all over the world, among them the Prix Roberto Rossellini at the Cannes Film Festival (1992), the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry (1997), UNESCO’s Fellini gold medal (1997), the Konrad Wolf Preis of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (2003), and the Praemium Imperiale (2004) awarded by the Japan Art Association.
A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theatre and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the text – long a favourite in Persia and the Middle East – remains invisible to the viewer of the film, the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.
Cast and Crew
Abbas Kiarostami, Hamideh Razavi
Abbas Kiarostami, Arash Sadeghi
Niki Karimi, Golshifteh Farahani, Juliette Binoche
COLOR / BLACK & WHITE
SOUND RECORDING / SOUND DESIGN