Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami 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.
Presented in collaboration with Amherst College. Introduction by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in the Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Cultures, Amherst College, and author of I Love My Selfie.