Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event-the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf-as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up continues to resonate with viewers around the world.
Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami
The Traveler, a notable early feature by director Abbas Kiarostami
"Close-up" Long Shot, a forty-five-minute documentary on Close-up's central figure, Hossein Sabzian, five years after Kiarostami's film
A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a thirty-two minute documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akram