Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی audio speaker iconpronunciation ;[1] 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian movie director, screenwriter, photographer and movie producer.[2][3][4]

Abbas Kiarostami
عباس کیارستمی
Kiarostami in 2013
Born(1940-06-22)22 June 1940
Died4 July 2016(2016-07-04) (aged 76)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
Occupation(s)Director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1962–2016
Notable workWhere Is the Friend's Home?, Close-Up, Certified Copy,Taste of Cherry
StyleDocumentary, spirituality, individualism, poetry and imagery
Parvin Amir-Gholi
(m. 1969⁠–⁠1982)
  • Ahmad (b. 1971)
  • Bahman (b. 1978)
  • Ahmad Kiarostami
  • Zahra Kiarostami

He was known for making documentaries or short movies. His best known works are the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love.

Kiarostami died at a Paris hospital on 4 July 2016 from gastrointestinal cancer, aged 76.[5]

Kiarostami's cinematic style is characterized by realism, minimalism, ambiguity, metafiction, poetic imagery, and humanistic themes, reflecting empathy and simplicity. He was known for innovative techniques and collaborative filmmaking.[6]


  1. Persian pronunciation: [ʔæbˌbɒːse kijɒːɾostæˈmi]
  2. Panel of critics (14 November 2003). "The world's 40 best directors". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  3. Karen Simonian (2002). "Abbas Kiarostami Films Featured at Wexner Center" (PDF). Wexner center for the art. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  4. "2002 Ranking for Film Directors". British Film Institute. 2002. Archived from the original on 13 October 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  5. Pulver, Andrew; Dehghan, Saeed Kamali (4 July 2016). "Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76".
  6. "10 Signature Elements of Abbas Kiarostami's Filmmaking Style!". Critic Film. Retrieved 2023-10-21.

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