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Abbas Kiarostami

Film-maker, photographer and poet Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran in 1940. He studied painting and graphic design at the Tehran University School of Fine Arts, and first worked in advertising as a painter, designer, and illustrator, designing posters and shooting advertisements for Iranian television. Later he helped establish the film-making department at the Institute for the Intellectual development of Children and Young Adults, where he started directing his own short films and later his first feature films and documentarie

He is the writer-director of 38 films and the screenwriter of three more, including “Ten” (2002); “The Wind Will Carry Us” (1999); “A Taste of Cherry” (1997), which won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; “Through the Olive Trees” (1994); “Close Up” (1990); “Homework” (both 1990); and “Where is my Friend’s House?” (1987).

He has won numerous awards, including the Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Venice Film Festival (2008); World’s Great Masters Award, Kolkata International Film Festival (2007); the Gold Leopard of Honor, Locarno Film Festival (2005); and Fellowship of the British Film Institute (2005). In 2000, at the San Francisco Film Festival, Kiarostami was awarded the Akira Kurosawa Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Directing, but gave it instead to veteran Iranian actor Behrooz Vossoughi for his contribution to Iranian cinema. He has also won the Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival (1999); Palme d’Or, Cannes Festival (1997); Federico Fellini Gold Medal, UNESCO (1997); Pier Paolo Pasolini Award (1995); François Truffaut Award (1993); and Prix Roberto Rossellini (1992).

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