News ID: 262981
Published: 0256 GMT December 15, 2019

Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’ among AP’s top films of decade

Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’ among AP’s top films of decade

Late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's 2010 ‘Certified Copy’, his first dramatic feature made outside of Iran, was picked as one of the 10 best films of the decade by The Associated Press.

The film, which ranks eighth on the list, is about an antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) and a writer (William Shimell), who debate the essence of authenticity in art and what, exactly, constitutes a reproduction.

According to AP, “The last 10 years will probably go down as the decade of Marvel’s domination and Netflix’s ascension. But despite all the tumult and the perpetual rumors of cinema’s supposed demise, good stuff — no, great stuff — kept getting made.”

“It can be harder to find. Mega-blockbusters suck up most of the big screens and the small ones are increasingly crowded with infinite choice. Yet the medium is as vibrant as ever, thanks to the influx of new voices (though still not enough of them) and the undying need of filmmakers to tell stories with light and sound. The movies abide.”

‘Certified Copy’ has its own metamorphosis of sorts too as the nature of even their relationship becomes amorphous and obscured when a farce about the two being married ends up becoming very real. It was an audacious and provocative film to kick off a decade of cinema and while the answers remain elusive, the experience and ideas are those that nine-plus years on have continued to provoke, the news agency wrote.

Abbas Kiarostami, born in 1940 in the Iranian capital of Tehran, began making films in the 1970s, and worked primarily as a documentarian. A filmmaker, poet, and photographer, the late director has been described by media as master of cinematic poetry. The acclaimed filmmaker is celebrated by his different works which earned him the title ‘Kiarostami le magnifique’ (the magnificent Kiarostami) by Cahiers du cinéma in 1995. His renowned works blended poetic humanism, ironic humor, and formalism into an extraordinary whole.

He passed away in 2016, aged 76, in Paris, France. 


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