• Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

  • Iran, 1990, 102minmins, 35mm

  • Cast: Hossein Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

In one of Kiarostami’s most admired fusions of documentary and fiction, we enter the multi-layered story of Sabzian. This real-life, unemployed young man impersonated the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and even convinced a family that they would star in his next film. When caught, Kiarostami’s crew begins documenting his trial, and in parallel, restages the previous events of Sabzian’s charade with all the original participants in the playing themselves. A landmark piece of meta-cinema exploring the nature of truth and identity.

1990 Montreal Festival of New Cinema, Best Film
1992 Istanbul International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize

21/03/2017(Tue): Post-screening talk with Ernest Chan

Further reading:
Close-up, From The Reality of Illusion: Abbas Kiarostami (The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, 2011)


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2017-01-14 (Sat)
      2017-03-21 (Tue)


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