Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
With Hossein Sabzian, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Not Rated, 98 minutes, 35mm
Persian with English subtitles
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past 30 years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young 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.Free for Notre Dame students.Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.