Director: Abbas Kiarostami Run Time: 98 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1990 Language: Persian (Farsi) with English Subtitles
Starring: Abolfazl Ahankhah, Hossain Sabzian, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah
Screenwriter: Abbas Kiarostami
Producer: Hassan Agha Karimi
Co-presented by community programming partner The Cinegogue
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.
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