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2004 (MIFF 2004, Homelands The Middle East in Focus)

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

'Abbas Kiarostami has had extensive influence on world filmmaking over his 30-year career, particularly in Iran and developing countries. 10 on Ten,a self-contained masterclass on cinema, succinctly brings together his current ideas about how to shoot a film, using his feature Ten [MIFF 2003] as the chief example.

'Of course, not everyone wants to follow the path of Iranian realism, as Kiarostami acknowledges. Contrasting his pared-down DV-camera style with the diametrically opposed Hollywood model, he ironically counsels those who seek 'success' to adopt the latter. But for those who choose the path less traveled, he has much clear, well-argued advice.

'The film is divided into short lessons called 'The Subject', 'The Director' and so forth. Even more rigorously-if that's possible- than in Ten, the camera simply frames Kiarostami at the wheel of his car as he drives over the hills around Tehran that served as locations for Taste of Cherry [MIFF 1998].

'This brand of guerrilla filmmaking and anti-technique is both inspiring and liberating, and its champion is undeniably a model of success of a different kind. The power of American movies may, as he says, be greater and more problematic than its military might. 10 on Ten aims to present an alternative. 'Variety D/P/S Abbas Kiarostami WS MK2 TD Video/Col/2004/87mins Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran in 1940. Films include: Close-Up(1990), Through the Olive Trees (MIFF 1995), ABC Africa (MIFF 2001)

See also...


Iran, 2004
Abbas Kiarostami Recommends Programme 1 IranThe Ladies' (Zananeh)Situated in a public park within the bustling heart of Tehran is a ladies' public toilet. Run by an old woman, it is a shelter for gir… More »


Iran,France, 2004
Five Iran/FranceOne of the two Abbas Kiarostami films to be screened at this year's Festival'both of which premiered at Cannes this year'Five is an utterly contemplative and meditative abstract work.… More »


Iran, 2004
Joy of Madness (Lezate Divanegi) Iran Joy of Madness is the remarkable debut feature of 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, a 'making-of' documentary of At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Hana's older si… More »


Despite landmines, kidnapping, assassination and death by dehydration and starvation, thousands of determined Shiite Muslims have been pouring across the Iran-Iraq border since the fall of Saddam Hus… More »

Roads of Kiarostami

Iran, 2006
Yet another thoughtful piece from the Iranian master, the film combines ... poetry, photography, classical music, and cinema with the leitmotif of the road. A short experimental work that Abbas Kiaro… More »

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