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Film: "Noguchi"

This screening is held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Narrated by Isamu Noguchi himself, this portrait presents the artist at the height of his achievement. He is shown at work on new projects, visiting important finished pieces, and explaining how he has progressed since he was an apprentice to Constantin Brancusi. Stops along the way include France, where he gives a tour of his UNESCO sculpture garden; Italy, where he visits the quarry that provided marble to both Noguchi and Michelangelo and reminisces with Buckminster Fuller and Ezra Pound; and New York. The film examines Noguchi's poetic and masterful control over a range of ideas, sites, and materials. (Dir.: Michael Blackwood, United States, 1972, 30 min. DVD, English). Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM.

Film: "The Face of Another "

This screening is held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. In this "staggering work of existential science fiction" (Criterion Collection), the great Tatsuya Nakadai plays a disfigured man who agrees to undergo a radical procedure: a face transplant. But his new identity brings with it the temptation to give in to his darkest impulses. Isamu Noguchi's blend of Asian and Western aesthetics and his interest in both the archaic and the modern profoundly influenced the film's director, Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes), and the composer of its musical score, Toru Takemitsu. Together, they crafted a surreal visual and auditory atmosphere for this gripping voyage into the nature of identity. (Dir.: Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1966, 124 min. B&W, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles) Preceded by: Visual Variations on Noguchi While she was looking after Noguchi's studio, avant-garde filmmaker Marie Menken made her first film, "a riveting visual study of the dynamic… Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "The Salesman"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. In person: Shahab Hosseini, actor Watch the trailer.  From Asghar Farhadi, director of the acclaimed A Separation, comes this “finely cut gem of neorealist suspense” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety). Shahab Hosseini won the best actor award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Emad, who is first seen fleeing a collapsing apartment building with his wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti). When an intruder attacks Rana in their new home, Emad turns amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife’s addled nerves. Farhadi’s screenplay, which also won an award at Cannes, cleverly weaves its plot around Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman as the on-screen couple stars in an amateur production of the play. Farhadi’s masterly direction draws exquisite tension out of a relationship on the edge of coming apart. (Dir.: Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France, 2016, 125 min. DCP, Persian and French with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Radio Dreams"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer.  Mohsen Namjoo, a folk singer known as “Iran’s Bob Dylan,” delivers a brilliantly deadpan performance in this comedy as Hamid Royani, the put-upon program director of a Bay Area Persian-language radio station. A famous writer in exile, Royani is eternally exasperated with the station’s mix of provincial programming and inane advertising jingles. It looks like he’s managed a coup when Metallica agrees to jam on air with the Afghan rock band Kabul Dreams (playing themselves). But as the famed rockers’ appearance suffers delay after delay, tensions boil over in hilarious fashion. Director Babak Jalali’s second feature is, according to Neil Young of the Hollywood Reporter, “a nuanced, intelligent and consistently droll take on hot-button subjects of immigration, identity, and cultural assimilation.” that pokes affectionate fun at life in the Iranian diaspora. And—spoiler alert—at least one member of Metallica actually does show up! (Dir.: Babak… Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Close-Up"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. The internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the last thirty years, and Close-Up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a real-life sensational event—a young man arrested on charges that he impersonated filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and life itself. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-Up continues to resonate with viewers around the world. Description courtesy of AFI Silver Theatre. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1990, 100 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Radio Dreams"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. Watch the trailer.  Mohsen Namjoo, a folk singer known as “Iran’s Bob Dylan,” delivers a brilliantly deadpan performance in this comedy as Hamid Royani, the put-upon program director of a Bay Area Persian-language radio station. A famous writer in exile, Royani is eternally exasperated with the station’s mix of provincial programming and inane advertising jingles. It looks like he’s managed a coup when Metallica agrees to jam on air with the Afghan rock band Kabul Dreams (playing themselves). But as the famed rockers’ appearance suffers delay after delay, tensions boil over in hilarious fashion. Director Babak Jalali’s second feature is, according to Neil Young of the Hollywood Reporter, “a nuanced, intelligent and consistently droll take on hot-button subjects of immigration, identity, and cultural assimilation.” that pokes affectionate fun at life in the Iranian diaspora. And—spoiler alert—at least one member of Metallica actually does show up!… Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 4, 2017, 4:30 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Where is the Friend's Home?"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. In a mountain village, Ahmad begins his homework but realizes he’s taken his pal’s notebook by mistake—and his teacher has decreed homework must always be done in the same book. Escaping his mother’s eagle eye, Ahmad sets out to return the notebook to his friend, only remembering en route that he doesn’t know where the kid lives. His next stop is forgery in this sweetly humorous beginning to the movie that, along with Life and Nothing More… and Through the Olive Trees, became part of Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker Trilogy. Description courtesy of AFI Silver Theatre. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1987, 83 min. Betacam, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 3:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "The Salesman"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. In person: Shahab Hosseini, actor Watch the trailer.  From Asghar Farhadi, director of the acclaimed A Separation, comes this “finely cut gem of neorealist suspense” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety). Shahab Hosseini won the best actor award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Emad, who is first seen fleeing a collapsing apartment building with his wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti). When an intruder attacks Rana in their new home, Emad turns amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife’s addled nerves. Farhadi’s screenplay, which also won an award at Cannes, cleverly weaves its plot around Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman as the on-screen couple stars in an amateur production of the play. Farhadi’s masterly direction draws exquisite tension out of a relationship on the edge of coming apart. (Dir.: Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France, 2016, 125 min. DCP, Persian and French with English subtitles). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:00 PM.

Films: Red

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art, East Building. To complement Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko, we screen works that employ red or evoke the color’s metaphorical associations: John Baldessari’s Six Colorful Inside Jobs (1971, 16 mm color film transferred to video, 30 mins), Baldessari Sings LeWitt (1972, video, 13 mins), and Marcel Broodthaers’s La Bataille de Waterloo (1975, 35 mm and 16 mm color film transferred to video, 11 mins). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Registration required. Related Events: Parallel Practices: Artists and the Moving Image encourages illuminating comparisons of creative output in diverse media. This series, part of Evenings at the Edge, showcases films and videos by artists whose static works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Art. Related Exhibition: Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothkohttp://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/red/. Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "And Life Goes On (aka Life and Nothing More…)"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. In 1990, the Koker region where Abbas Kiarostami filmed Where is the Friend’s Home? in 1987 was devastated by a massive earthquake. In this meta-fictional investigation of truth and representation, actors playing Kiarostami and his son return to Koker to track down the boys who starred in the previous film. Mixing fiction and reality, And Life Goes On is both a moving documentation of an area’s recovery from natural disaster and a powerful meditation on the nature of storytelling. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1992, 95 min. Betacam, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Me (aka I)"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. Watch the trailer.  For longtime fans of Iranian cinema, the brilliant actress Leila Hatami needs no introduction. Feted with awards around the world for her memorable performances in such films as Leila, Deserted Station, and, most recently, A Separation, she is one of Iran’s most recognizable and compelling performers. In Soheil Beiraghi’s debut feature, she is a force of nature as the queen of Tehran’s underground. She plays a ruthless and enigmatic fixer, keeping one step ahead of the law as she forges passports, moves illicit booze via a bottled water company effortlessly emasculates a musical protégé. Centering on Hatami’s tour-de-force performance, Me (aka I) is an eye-opening depiction of Tehran’s surprisingly robust underworld. (Dir.: Soheil Beiraghi, Iran, 2016, 84 min. DCP, Persian and English with English subtitles). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 11, 2017, 4:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Through the Olive Trees"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. This investigation of the complex relationship between cinema and real life evolves from an incident in Abbas Kiarostami’s earlier film And Life Goes On. Through the Olive Trees features an actor playing Kiarostami, who is looking for amateur actors to star in a film called And Life Goes On. The couple he chooses, however, has a history that repeatedly and humorously thwarts the filmmaker’s ambitions: the woman recently spurned the man’s marriage proposal and is forbidden by family and tradition from speaking to him—except within the fiction of the film. This brilliant cinematic allegory earned raves around the world and paved the way for such later masterpieces as Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1994, 103 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 12, 2017, 1:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Drought and Lies"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. During a birthday celebration at a Caspian Sea getaway, lawyer Omid receives a call from his ex-wife Mitra, inflaming the jealousy of his current wife, Ala. The call sets in motion a round-robin of betrayal and soul-searching that sends ripples through their circle of family and friends. In particular, the secret Mitra reveals causes Omid to question what his life has become. This well-crafted drama is a rare, penetrating look into the lives of Iran’s upwardly mobile set, whose problems are complicated by their country’s societal rules. (Dir.: Pedram Alizadeh, Iran, 2016, 94 min. DCP, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "The Wind Will Carry Us"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre.  Watch the trailer.  This “witty, haunting, poetic film” (Scott Foundas, Variety) takes its title from a famous poem by Forough Farrokhzad. A journalist (Beyzad Dorani) posing as an engineer travels to a remote Kurdish village with a secret aim: to record an ancient mourning ritual for a dying century-old woman. When the woman stubbornly refuses to die, the “engineer” is forced to slow down and interact with the town’s inhabitants. “This ambiguous comic masterpiece,” wrote film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, “could be Abbas Kiarostami's greatest film to date; it's undoubtedly his richest and most challenging.” (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, France/Iran, 1999, 118 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Dingomaro"

This event is held in the lecture hall of the National Museum of African Art.  Watch the trailer. Continuing its exploration of the African presence in the Middle East, the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) presents Dingomaro. This documentary is a lively and pulsating portrayal of Hamid Said, one of the most successful musicians from the south Iranian province of Hormozgan. He travels through the country on his motorbike, dreaming—despite his wife’s opposition—of organizing a concert celebrating the Afro-Persian music that has been developing in the region for centuries. The film is a visual and musical experience full of rituals and throbbing with southern dances. This screening is a co-presentation of the Freer|Sackler’s Iranian Film Festival and NMAfA's Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean project. (Dir.: Kamran Heidari, Iran, 2014, 68 min. DVD, Persian with English subtitles). Venue: African Art Museum. Event Location: Lecture Hall. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Lantouri"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. Watch the trailer. “A must-see for those wanting to take the pulse of what’s happening in Iran” (Alissa Simon, Variety), Lantouri is named for a vicious criminal gang. One of the gang members throws acid in the face of a criminal rights activist, who demands justice via the concept in Islamic law known as lex talionis: an eye for an eye. The film’s bold social messages are dramatized through equally bold stylistic decisions, ranging from Godardian jump cuts to mock-documentary interviews to nonlinear narration, by one of Iran’s most provocative young directors. (Dir.: Reza Dormishian, Iran, 2016, 115 min. DCP, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4:30 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Ten"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch a clip.  Ten-year-old Amin Maher hops into a car in Tehran and begins an electrifying ten-minute battle with his unseen mother over her divorce and remarriage. Later, his strikingly attractive mother (Mania Akbari) engages in nine other front-seat conversations—with her sister, a female friend, an elderly female pilgrim, and an unseen prostitute. Abbas Kiarostami remains determinedly experimental in this film, eschewing exposition while sticking almost entirely to his dashboard-cam views of driver and passenger as glimpses of Tehran and gawking drivers flash by in the background. Kiarostami here achieves—via mesmerizing performances—a sweeping view of the situation between Iranian men and women through a look at one particularly volatile mother-son relationship. Description courtesy of AFI Silver Theatre. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 2002, 91 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:45 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Certified Copy"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature film made outside of Iran playfully asks questions about art, life, and love; originality and imitation; and the alchemy of cross-cultural understanding (or misunderstanding). British intellectual James (William Shimmell, an opera singer and first-time actor) meets French shopkeeper Elle (Juliette Binoche, winner of the best actress award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival) after he gives a book reading in a Tuscan town. Walking and talking their way through the beautiful surroundings, the pair begins to playact as lovers, a charade they carry to surprisingly great lengths. The fact that the movie explicitly recalls Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy is entirely intentional, as may be the dramatic and cinematic resemblances to In the Mood for Love, Brief Encounter, Before Sunset, Kiarostami’s own films, and any number of other antecedents. This fun and thought-provoking romp speaks to the promise of… Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Like Someone in Love"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. Abbas Kiarostami’s second feature made outside of Iran takes place in Tokyo. Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a college student moonlighting as a prostitute, is sent to the apartment of Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), an elderly gentleman who just wants to spend the night talking. The next morning, when he drops her off at her university, Akiko’s boyfriend mistakes Takashi for her grandfather, and the old man elects not to correct him. Like its Italian-set predecessor Certified Copy, Like Someone in Love is about people who reinvent their identities for mysterious reasons. And as in the ballad from which it takes its title, each character is suffused with a longing that seeks fulfillment in the other but with possibly dire consequences. “Every shot—everything you see, and everything you don’t—imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery” (A. O. Scott, New York Times). (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan, 2012, 109 min. DCP, Japanese with English… Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3:30 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. Watch the trailer. Kiarostami’s “greatest film” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. As with many other Kiarostami films, its deceptively simple plot belies the depths it plumbs in its characters and its audience. Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), a middle-aged man, drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. Badii is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death. Featuring a conclusion that is one of the most argued-over, analyzed, and discussed moments in the history of cinema, Taste of Cherry is perhaps Kiarostami’s most haunting, enduring masterpiece. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1997, 95 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4:30 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Kiarostami"

This event is held at the National Gallery of Art. In person: Paul Cronin, author of Lessons with Kiarostami; Hamid Dabashi, author of Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema The unexpected death of Abbas Kiarostami in 2016 shocked and saddened the film world. At this year’s festival, we remember this influential, innovative, and generous artist with a screening of his friend Seifollah Samadian’s documentary. Behind-the-scenes footage mixes with personal, unguarded moments in a tribute that is as “joyfully moving and as modern in approach as Kiarostami himself” (Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter). (Dir.: Seifollah Samadian, Iran, 2016, DCP, 76 min. Persian with English subtitles) The screening is preceded by Kiarostami’s final short film, Take Me Home (2016, 16 min.), a playful look at the alleys and stairways of southern Italy, and a discussion with authors Paul Cornin and Hamid Dabashi. Event Location: National Gallery of Art. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Certified Copy"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature film made outside of Iran playfully asks questions about art, life, and love; originality and imitation; and the alchemy of cross-cultural understanding (or misunderstanding). British intellectual James (William Shimmell, an opera singer and first-time actor) meets French shopkeeper Elle (Juliette Binoche, winner of the best actress award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival) after he gives a book reading in a Tuscan town. Walking and talking their way through the beautiful surroundings, the pair begins to playact as lovers, a charade they carry to surprisingly great lengths. The fact that the movie explicitly recalls Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy is entirely intentional, as may be the dramatic and cinematic resemblances to In the Mood for Love, Brief Encounter, Before Sunset, Kiarostami’s own films, and any number of other antecedents. This fun and thought-provoking romp speaks to the promise of… Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Like Someone in Love"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. Abbas Kiarostami’s second feature made outside of Iran takes place in Tokyo. Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a college student moonlighting as a prostitute, is sent to the apartment of Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), an elderly gentleman who just wants to spend the night talking. The next morning, when he drops her off at her university, Akiko’s boyfriend mistakes Takashi for her grandfather, and the old man elects not to correct him. Like its Italian-set predecessor Certified Copy, Like Someone in Love is about people who reinvent their identities for mysterious reasons. And as in the ballad from which it takes its title, each character is suffused with a longing that seeks fulfillment in the other but with possibly dire consequences. “Every shot—everything you see, and everything you don’t—imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery” (A. O. Scott, New York Times). (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan, 2012, 109 min. DCP, Japanese with English… Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:15 PM.

Iranian Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry"

This event is held at AFI Silver Theatre. Watch the trailer. Kiarostami’s “greatest film” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. As with many other Kiarostami films, its deceptively simple plot belies the depths it plumbs in its characters and its audience. Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), a middle-aged man, drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. Badii is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death. Featuring a conclusion that is one of the most argued-over, analyzed, and discussed moments in the history of cinema, Taste of Cherry is perhaps Kiarostami’s most haunting, enduring masterpiece. (Dir.: Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1997, 95 min. 35mm, Persian with English subtitles). Event Location: AFI Silver Theatre. Cost: Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:15 PM.