Skip to main content


Japan, 1999 (MIFF 2003, Abbas Kiarostami – Iranian Master)

Director: Mohara Yuji

A Week with Kiarostami is the perfect companion piece to Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us (showing in MIFF this year), as it documents the making of that award-winning film.

"A team led by the Japanese director Yuji Mohara travelled to Iran to film a portrait of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Mohara meets Kiarostami in a village, on the set of Kiarostami's film The Wind Will Carry Us, which won the special jury price in Venice in 1999. A photographic diary of the shoot, A Week with Kiarostami opens a window onto the world of this poetic and mysterious director. Seven days that allow us to discover this corner of Iran and the way in which Kiarostami dreams it; seven chronicles that plunge us into the beating heart of a shoot whose story plays out to the rhythm of the relationships between actors and villagers."—Rotterdam Film Festival

See also...


Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997, Taste of Cherry follows the plight of a desolate man, searching for someone to bury him, as he contemplates suicide. Although dark in tone, the film is ... More »


Shot in 1987, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Homework is an extraordinary snapshot of an Iranian primary school and the children who know the meaning of the word 'punishment' but few have heard ... More »


"Werner Herzog calls this 'the greatest documentary on filmmaking I have ever seen.' Much stranger than fiction, Close-Up recounts the bizarre case of Hosem Sabzian, a frustrated film buff who ... More »


"A very remarkable film, one of the very best of the year—remarkable for its strenuous technical simplicity, for its superbly intelligent acting and for the extraordinary, almost unmediated ... More »


2001 saw a number of firsts for Kiarostami— his first film shot outside his native Iran, and his first film shot entirely on digital video.Travelling to Uganda, at the request of the United ... More »


Based on a script written by Akira Kurosawa, Dora-Heita is directed by his 85-year-old friend and collaborator, Kon Ichikawa and returns to a golden age of Samurai sagas. Koheita Mochizuki is a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director