The Representation of Woman in Islamic Films
March , 2010
The State of Film and Media Feminism
March , 2010
Primary Language tr
Subjects Art
Journal Section Translation

Author: Sevcan SÖNMEZ (Primary Author)
Institution: Yaşar Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi
Country: Turkey

Dates Publication Date : May 10, 2019


Abbas Kiarostami’s filmmaking draws on the aesthetics of modern Persian poetry, especially the poetry of Forough Farrokhzad and Sohrab Sepehri. In his films, Kiarostami, impacted by Sepehri and Farrokhzad’s “de-politicized” poetry, “de-experiences” our perception of reality. Kiarostami aestheticizes everyday life by employing non-manipulative film stylistics. In films such as Through the Olive Trees and Where Is the Friend’s House? he uses a minimalist approach by employing amateur actors and children, depth of field, and minimal camera work to enhance Sepehri’s philosophy of novel outlook. Through a masterful intermingling of poetic discourse with his film sensibilities, Kiarostami has achieved a profoundly humanist approach to cinema. Kiarostami mixes the two genres of documentary and fiction to remind the audience of the artificiality of constructing a factual point. To attain this goal, he sometimes uses an ironical and witty cinematic language that is harshly self-critical and self-reflexive. Kiarostami is a poet/philosopher who “writes” his poetic films with camera.

Abbas Kiarostami, Modern Persian Poetry