Later joining the Centre for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults Abbas Kiarostami initiated a film section, which launched his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films including shorts and documentaries. Among his most critically successful works as director are what came to be known as the Koker Trilogy (Where Is the Friend's Home?, 1987, And Life Goes On (a.k.a. Life and Nothing More, 1992) and Through the Olive Trees, 1994), A Taste of Cherry (1997), The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) and his innovative 2008 film Shirin which was screened at Past of the Coming Days. Amongst many other honours, Kiarostami has been awarded a Palme d'Or, Cannes Festival (1997), Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival (1999), Gold Leopard of Honour, Locarno Film Festival (2005) and Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Venice Film Festival (2008). His 2010 film Certified Copy was screened that year at Cannes earning its lead, Juliette Binoche, a best actress award.

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran in 1940. He is also a poet, photographer, painter and illustrator.

November 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9


Kiarostami, Abbas


Shirin revolves around a stage production of the twelfth century Persian tale of Khosrow and Shirin.