Mar 19 to Mar 22
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami - 2017 - 114m - Iran - No Matinees
“Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema.” —Martin Scorsese
For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.
“The chief pleasure of 24 Frames is how it attunes you to appreciate any movement, whether it's snow falling, waves crashing, or birds pecking the earth.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
“24 Frames immediately communicates the power of the theater experience, in the way that so many of Kiarostami's movies can.” - David Sims, The Atlantic
“In the seconds and minutes around the taking of a photograph, Kiarostami reminds us, the world changes, but mostly in increments.” - Scott Tobias, NPR
“How fitting that this lovely final film is one that could be enjoyed by fourth-graders as easily as the most knowledgeable of Kiarostami's admirers.” - Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
“Kiarostami remained a tireless innovator right up to the end, and it's fitting that he leaves us with a work so singular as to be almost unclassifiable.” - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
There's an overwhelming consistency of imagery, process, and mood in 24 Frames, which makes the film feel very much like the considered work of a single artist.” - Stuart Klawans,The Nation
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