Penniless Hossein Sabzian pretends to be the famous Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, in order to persuade a wealthy family to pay for his next film – starring their own son. However, Sabzian is soon exposed and arrested. This true story forms the basis of Kiarostami’s Close-Up, a hybrid film somewhere between documentary and fiction.
We follow the real-life trial against Sabzian, as the events are re-enacted by the people involved. The result is a highly original work of film art. This is considered one of Kiarostami’s most central works; as well as an important film historical reference.
Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016) was one of the most famous and influential Iranian filmmakers, and a part of the Iranian New Wave. The multi-artist Kiarostami was also a screenwriter, editor, producer, art director, poet, photographer, visual artist, and designer – amongst other things. Kiarostami’s film catalogue offers a multitude of realist dramas, with a characteristic serving of comedy in the mix.
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Original title کلوزآپ ، نمای نزدیک
Director Abbas Kiarostami
Screenplay Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography Ali Reza Zarrindast
Producer Hassan Agha Karimi
Cast Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Abbas Kiarostami
Production Company Kanun parvaresh fekri
Runtime 1h 38m
Language Persian, Azerbaijani
Genre Drama, Suspense
Age limit 6
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.