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Abbas Kiarostami

Fear and the Filmmaker in Cannes: The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Despite its short length, The Aftermath is a full and significant film, and although bare and minimalist in look, it's crowded with expectation. It is also groundbreaking, as I've endlessly mentioned before, the first film from Egypt to be included in the Cinéfondation.

Marcello's Ogle... Cannes Is Coming!

Marcin J. Sobczak | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Marcin J. Sobczak

Festival du Cannes (or Cannes International Film Festival, if you like) has its long-standing tradition of elegant and meaningful posters. Two years...

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Cannes Juror, Exceptional Filmmaker

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

At this year's Dubai International Film Festival, I had the privilege of sitting with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for a talk.

Movie Review: Machete Kills

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Machete, which turned veteran character actor Danny Trejo into a leading man, was a wild and wildly violent action-comedy, a spoof of exploitation films of the 1970s. So, obviously, is Machete Kills. How much of a spoof?

'Iranian Society Has Shown That Art Can Be An Investment'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts

TEHRAN, Iran -- Some arrived in Porsches or BMWs, which were whisked away by valet parking attendants. The hotel lobby was awash with the celebrated a...

They Are the World: The 6th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (PHOTOS)

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ever since that day in 2011 when I read about this free-to-the-public festival with a magical ability to bring together masters and students in a most positive way, I have been eagerly awaiting a chance to attend.

Why It Took Abbas Kiarostami Nearly 20 Years To Make One Film

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.14.2013 | Arts

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's latest work, "Like Someone in Love," takes place in and around Tokyo -- a far cry from the director's hometown of...

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Where Cinematic Dreams Do Come True

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Fall is my favorite time of year, because it's when great film festivals begin blooming in the Arabian Gulf, just as autumn leaves drop off trees across Europe and the US.

From the Headlines: A Procrastinator's Guide to Toronto International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.03.2012 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

This year's Toronto International Film Festival is the perfect programming blend of independent projects and big studio films, master filmmakers and some recently discovered greats, short films with heft and long movies with a light heart.

New York Film Festival Line-Up Announced

Posted 08.16.2012 | Entertainment

The 2012 New York Film Festival announced its main slate of movies Thursday. The 32 movies draw from a healthy mix of big named directors and indie fa...

Side By Side: When Keanu Talks Film and Cameras, You Should Listen

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In an upcoming film titled Side By Side, Keanu Reeves as well as director Chris Kenneally and producer Justin Szlasa ask a provocative question: What does the future of filmmaking hold, and can the two formats -- digital and film -- both survive and thrive, "side by side"?

Abbas Kiarostami Finds Inspiration Far From Home

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home

CANNES, France — Abbas Kiarostami has found inspiration far from home. The Iranian director's films are routinely banned in his home country, w...

Cannes: The Home Edition

John Lopez | Posted 07.17.2012 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

Behold: the cerulean sparkle of the Cote d'Azur, the endless waft of chain-smoked Gitanes over the Croisette, the private yachts. Cannes. And its megaton line-up has arched the eyebrow of even the most indifferent cineastes this year.

Music, Exile and Trauma

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Mena Mark Hanna

During the performance, I detected shifts of uneasiness and stifled sobs emanating from an audience largely comprised of Persian émigrés; the premiere was met with an irrepressible standing ovation.

Esteemed Filmmaker Hopes Iran's Golden Globe Win Will Lift Spirits

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

TEHRAN, Iran -- One of Iran's most prominent film directors said Monday he hoped the Golden Globes award to a fellow filmmaker will help lift the spir...

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

Are the Best Movies for Grown-Ups Being Made Outside the U.S.?

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

2011-04-25-farr.jpgWhen it comes to what I call "human-scale" films, the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

HuffPost Review: Certified Copy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The films of Abbas Kiarostami are critical favorites for God knows what reason. Slow and relatively plotless, they clog the screens at festivals aroun...

From Tehrangeles to Tehran: Noise and Static

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The cacophony of voices here in the United States rises and the confusion continues. I will (and urge you to) stay away from all of these pundits, as much as possible and keep on trying to get more voices from in there.

Actress Juliette Binoche Visits Iran

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

French actress Juliette Binoche, who is working on a new film with celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, is visiting Iran in order to deepen ...