Acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami passed away

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whose 1997 film “Taste of Cherry” won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, has passed away following a prolonged illness in Paris. He was suffering from Cancer and was 76 years old. He was born in 1940 in Tehran and continued to work from Iran after the 1979 revolution. He had won more than 70 awards for his works.

Kiarostami wrote and directed dozens of films over an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Kiarostami made his first film in 1970 titled The Bread and Alley that was just 12 minutes long. He also received the award from Martin Scorsese in the 2005 Marrakesh International Film Festival in Morocco. In 2016, he was among 683 film-makers who were asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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Courtesy: Economic Times

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