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TASTE OF CHERRY

Iran, 1996 (MIFF 2003, Abbas Kiarostami – Iranian Master)

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

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 undoubtedly the product of Kiarostami's profound humanist sensibilities. Eschewing sentimentality, Kiarostami has created a multi-layered work.

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