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Feature Film

Abbas Kiarostami


98 minutes

Farsi w/ English subtitles
    "A Masterpiece!" —The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader

"Brilliant!" —The New York Times

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


  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire
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