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Nema-ye Nazdik

A cinephile is placed on trial for fraud in Kiarostami’s masterpiece.

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Iran 1990
Dir .Abbas Kiarostami
With Hossain Sabzian, Abdolfazl Ahankhar, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
English subtitles
Certificate U

Kiarostami’s masterpiece is a multi-layered ‘documentary’ recreating real events win which a cinephile is placed on trial for fraud, having persuaded a family he was director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and would cast them in a film. Using a complex but always accessible narrative structure, Kiarostami interrogates notions of truth and falsehood.

Bassam & Riz: The mere existence of this film gives us permission to experiment.

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