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24 Frames

Three years in the making and Kiarostami’s final film before his death in 2016, each segment in 24 Frames offers a view of a photograph or painting and what he imagined might have occurred before and after the image was frozen in time. Employing multiple cinematic devices while shifting between fiction and documentary, he wistfully attempts to decipher the essence of cinema and its ability to capture reality. “Repetition-with- variations and a sly wit are hallmarks of many Kiarostami works, and these 24 mini-films abound with his visual acuity and dry authorial humor, all of it in accessible and pleasurable form.”—Film Comment. In Persian and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, Cinema Scope, MUBI Notebook

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Abbas Kiarostami


The recent death of Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), one of our greatest filmmakers, was, and will continue to be, a huge loss to world film culture at large. Close-Up, a towering masterpiece within a body of work that was never less than consistently beguiling and narratively adventurous, is perhaps Kiarostami’s best-known film and one whose focus

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