News ID: 238480
Published: 0258 GMT February 05, 2019

French festival to honor Kiarostami

French festival to honor Kiarostami

The 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France is set to honor late-great Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami by screening his 'Taste of Cherry'.

The movie will be screened at a section titled '25th Anniversary Wild Card' along with 'The Surrogate Woman' (1986) by Im Kwon-taek and 'The Housemaid' (1960) by Kim Ki-young from South Korea, 'The Big City' (1963) by Satyajit Ray from India, 'Grave of the Fireflies' (1989) by Takahata Isao from Japan, 'The Adopted Son' (1998) by Aktan Arym Kubat from Kyrgyzstan, as well as 'Insiang' (1976) by Lino Brocka from the Philippines, reported.

'Taste of Cherry' tells the story of a man about fifty who drives out of town on the afternoon of a public holiday. He is looking for someone who might be in need of money for a rather special mission.

During his quest, in suburban Tehran, he meets a soldier, a theology student, a pious man, and a museum guard, who are more or less on the edge of society. Each reacts differently to his proposal.

The Vesoul event has some other Iranian titles on schedule, including 'Rona Azim's Mother' by Jamshid Mahmoudi, 'African Violet' by Mona Zandi-Haqiqi, 'About Elly' by Asghar Farhadi, and 'Leila' by Dariush Mehrjouee.

Kiarostami has won many awards, including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for 'Taste of Cherry'.

He is mostly known as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer as well as a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer.

Launched in 1995, the Vesoul festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d'Asie) is an annual special-interest film festival focusing on the cinemas of Asia.

The festival's 25th edition opened on February 5 and is slated to run until February 12, in Vesoul, France.


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