Award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami who received Palme D’Or award, has passed away at the age of 76 in Paris, Iranian news agencies reported.
He had been undergoing treatment in France’s hospital for cancer.
The multi-award-winning Iranian director Kiarostami resided in Iran following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and worked in over 40 films, including documentaries. He achieved the Palme D’Or, the top prize at Cannes, with his 1997 film Taste of Cherry. But he shot his last two movies outside the country.Kiarostami was not only influential for Irani cinema but for world cinema also. As per the French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard’s views: “Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.”
He was the only Iranian who received Palme D’Or award.
Taste of Cherry was a minimalist flick that reveals about a man finding someone to bury him after his suicide. It examined Iranian civic and religious attitudes of the time.Oscar-winning Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi said he was “very sad, in total shock”.
“He wasn’t just a film-maker,” Farhadi continued, “he was a modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life. He definitely paved ways for others and influenced a great deal of people. It’s not just the world of cinema that has lost a great man; the whole world has lost someone really great.”
Kiarostami was born in 1940 in Tehran and originally learnt painting at the University of Tehran; Kiarostami started working as a graphic designer and went on to shoot various commercials for Iranian TV. In 1969 he joined Kanun (the Centre for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults), where he ran the film department, and was able to make his own films.