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 imagesâmost of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlifeâand digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, 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.
- New interview with director Abbas Kiarostamiâs son Ahmad Kiarostami, who helped finish the film after his fatherâs death
- New conversation between Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire
- New short documentary about the making of the film by Abbas Kiarostami collaborator Salma Monshizadeh
- An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri