Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work.
This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.
DVD Special Features:
Disc One: New, restored high-definition digital transfer Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami The Traveler, director Abbas Kiarostami's first feature New, improved English subtitle translation
Disc Two: "Close-up" Long Shot, a documentary on Close-up's central figure, Hossein Sabzian, six years after the film was made New video interview with Kiarostami A Walk With Kiarostami, a documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akrami
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire