The Abbas Kiarostami Collection (2010)
Released: 27th June 2011
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Catalogue No: ART519DVD
Category: Feature, Foreign
Format: DVD / Box Set
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Story: A collection of six films by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. 'Certified Copy' (2010) is an Italian-set romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Set over the course of a single day in rural Tuscany, the film follows the enigmatic relationship between a man and woman who appear to have just met. James Miller (Shimell) is an English writer who has arrived in Tuscany to promote his new book. When an unnamed French gallery owner (Binoche) attends Miller's lecture discussing the value of original artworks as opposed to copies, the two meet up afterwards and set off together on a sightseeing tour to the village of Lucignano. On arrival, they are mistaken for a married couple - but what is the real nature of the connection between them? 'Ten' (2002) is an emotive analysis of contemporary Iranian life, following a female driver as she meets ten different passengers in one day. The relationships that develop between the driver and her passengers are explored in such a way as to expose the humanity of these very disparate people. In 'Taste of Cherry' (1997), Badiei (Homayoon Irshadi) is a middle-aged man driving his white Range Rover through the outskirts of Tehran. He periodically offers lifts or financial assistance to people - a man in a telephone box, a man collecting plastic bags, a soldier - in an attempt to persuade them to bury him. For Mr Badiei intends to commit suicide, and has already dug his own grave - all he needs is someone to place his body in it and cover it up. The film won the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1997. In 'The Wind Will Carry Us' (1999), four strangers arrive in the Iranian village of Siah Dareh from Tehran and engage a young local boy as their guide. It is not clear to the locals why the men have come to the village, although when they are seen walking round the old cemetery a rumour starts around the village that they are searching for treasure. 'ABC Africa' (2001) is a documentary about the AIDS crisis in Uganda. Finally, in the documentary '10 on Ten' (2004), Kiarostami discusses the methods and techniques he used to film his 2002 drama 'Ten'.
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Mania Akbari, Roya Arabshahi, Katayoun Taleidzadeh, Mandana Sharbaf, Amene Moradi, Homayoon Irshadi, Abdul Hossain Bagheri, Afshin Khorsid Bakhtari, William Shimell, Amin Maher, Safar Ali Moradi, Behzad Dourani, Jean-Claude Carriere, Kamran Adl, Mir Hossain Nouri, Farzad Sohrabi, Agathe Natanson, Morteza Tabatabaei, Ahmad Ansari, Shahpour Ghobadi, Gianna Giachetti, Bahman Kiarostami, Hamid Masoumi, Masood Mansouri, Adrian Moore, Mastaneh Mohajer, Elham Emami, Masoameh Salimi, Angelo Barbagallo, Mazdak Sepanlu, Ahmad Jahangiri, Bahman Ghobadi, Andrea Laurenzi, Nasrolah Amini, Noghre Asadi, Filippo Trojano, Vahid Ghazi, Ali Reza Naderi, Reza Yadzdani, Roushan Karam Elmi, Reihan Heidari, Lida Soltani, Frangis Rahsepar
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Music by: Peyman Yazdanian
Written by: Abbas Kiarostami
Studio/distributor: Artificial Eye
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