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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Iran 1974 70 mins. In Persian with English subtitles

Kiarostami’s first feature focuses on a boy in a provincial city so avid to get to Tehran to see a soccer match that he’ll lie to adults and cheat other kids. A quest film that’s also a study of youthful obsession, it’s filmed in edgy black and white with a quiet energy that matches its hero’s. The Traveler has an acridly ironic ending and one of the best performances by a child in Kiarostami’s early work. (Janus Films) Preceded by early Kiarostami shorts The Bread & Alley (1970, 10 mins.), Breaktime (1972, 14 mins.), and So Can I (1975, 4 mins.).