Magazine article Screen International

Abbas Kiarostami to Be Honoured at Busan Fest

Magazine article Screen International

Abbas Kiarostami to Be Honoured at Busan Fest

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The late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will be named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the forthcoming Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) (Oct 6-15).

The Palme d'Or winning director of Taste Of Cherry, who passed away July 4, had a "close relationship" with BIFF, said executive programmer Kim Ji-seok.

The auteur's son Ahmad Kiarostami will accept the award on his behalf at the BIFF opening ceremony on October 6.

The festival will screen nine of his films including those in the Koker trilogy: Where Is The Friend's Home? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992) and Through The Olive Trees (1994).

"He came to the festival several times, the first being for our second edition in 1997. He was head of the New Currents jury in 2005 and the dean of the Asian Film Academy in 2010. After we opened the Busan Cinema Center, he came and held a workshop that was open to the general public, Kiarostami's Film School," said Kim, speaking to Screen. …

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