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Iranian Films

Open to interpretation

Photo: Jonathan Wong

When informed of his packed media interview schedule in Hong Kong, Abbas Kiarostami was not pleased. Given his stature as an international art house cinema titan, he could easily have thrown a tantrum and walked out. But that's not his style.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:26pm

Certified Copy (Movie)

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's first feature-length film, Certified Copy, is not quite an ode to marriage. It's a fascinating look at how something you admit is fake can become more real than the original.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Live imitation of art

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's first feature-length film, Certified Copy, is not so much an ode to marriage, but a tantalising glimpse of how something that acknowledges its falsehood from the get-go can become more real than the original could ever hope to be.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The fine art of the fake

Abbas Kiarostami's latest film, Certified Copy, resulted from a meeting between the Iranian director and Juliette Binoche in 2007 when the French actress visited Tehran for the first time.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The White Balloon

On May 28, 1995, a 34-year-old Iranian filmmaker stepped on stage during the Cannes Film Festival's closing ceremony to receive the Camera d'Or, the festival's award for best first film. Jafar Panahi could not have imagined that the next time his name would be mentioned on stage at the Cannes' Grand Theatre Lumiere, he would be a political prisoner in one of Tehran's most notorious jails.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


New Releases

Incendies (IIB) (French, Arabic and English)

See review on this page.

Red Riding Hood (IIB)

See review on page 10.

African Cats (I)

Nature documentary showing how cheetahs, lions and lionesses teach their cubs the ways of the wild. Not reviewed.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


The Hong Kong International Film Festival's Abbas Kiarostami retrospective, which runs until May 1, goes by the title of The Reality of Illusion.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Festival raises the curtain on emerging Asian filmmakers

For casual observers, this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival was mostly noted for its star-studded premieres of local productions such as Johnnie To Kei-fung's rom-com Don't Go Breaking My Heart, and sold-out screenings of art-house favourites such as Wim Wenders' Pina.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Certified Copy

Certified Copy Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere Director: Abbas Kiarostami

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Back in the glory days of the consumer boom in Europe, fashion houses such as Benetton and agnes b. made moves to enter the film industry as producers. Whether this was a case of hubris or an attempt at sophisticated branding was never really clear. But their filmic adventures did not last, although agnes b. co-financed a couple of works by art-house directors Gaspar Noe and Claire Denis.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Shirin Mahtab Keratami, Golshifteh Farahani, Mahnaz Afshar, Juliette Binoche Director: Abbas Kiarostami

10 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Persian Girls

Persian Girls

by Nahid Rachlin

Jeremy P. Tarcher, HK$120

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Girls in a man's world

Offside, winner of the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, is a brilliant and unusual film about football, women and Iran.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Offside scores

When Offside won the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, it was a significant victory for its Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


The Genuine And The Good: Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, right, is the focus of a retrospective at the Lim Por Yen Film Theatre in the Arts Centre, Wan Chai. Screening today at 7.30pm is Close Up, a semi-documentary about a con man, probing the nature of truth. In Farsi Persian, with Chinese and English subtitles. Tickets $50 through Urbtix: 2734 9009.

5 Jul 2000 - 12:00am