Portraits to bring Kiarostami’s “Shirin” to life at Tehran exhibit

June 19, 2018

TEHRAN – An exhibition, which is scheduled to open on Friday at Tehran Saless Gallery, will showcase portraits of actors who appeared in Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed 2008 movie “Shirin”.  

The portraits are from a collection by Gelareh Kiazand who will organize the exhibition “Shirin – Abbas Kiarostami” to commemorate the second anniversary of his death.

“Shirin” is simply a parade of close-ups of 114 Iranian famous Iranian stage and screen actresses, and French star Juliette Binoche, who are mute spectators at a theatrical representation of the Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian love story from the twelfth century. The development of the text remains invisible to the viewer of the film; the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.  

“I never made ‘Shirin’,” Kiarostami had said in 2009 during a workshop in Tehran, “I only prepared the environment that helped the actresses express their feelings.”
 
He won the 1997 Palme d’Or at Cannes for “Taste of Cherry” and the 1999 Venice Grand Jury Prize for “The Wind Will Carry Us”.

The exhibit will run until June 27 at the gallery located at 148 Karim Khan Ave.

Photo: French actress Juliette Binoche in a scene from Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed 2008 movie “Shirin”

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