Art and Experience: Ahmad Kiarostami, the son of acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, has said that he is planning to establish a foundation to preserve his father’s works.
He made the remarks in an interview at the Locarno Film Festival on Friday. The 69th Locarno Film Festival, which ended Saturday in the Swiss city, paid tribute to the recently deceased filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
“We are in the process of starting a foundation to preserve his works and we are talking to MK2, the production company that owns most of my father’s movies, in order to reunite his entire works. We are also trying to recreate the lost art installations, like for example the “Forest without Leaves” that was exhibited in London, at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and some other places. We are talking with a couple of big organizations in California to have these pieces installed permanently,” Ahmad said.
He also added that he is thinking of the preservation of his father’s movies.
“Most of all we want his movies to be more readily available. There are some of them, “Under the Olive Trees” for example, that are impossible to find online or on DVD. Then we are thinking about the restoration of his whole opera, even the short films he made for children at the beginning of his career,” he added.
Kiarostami’s “The Traveler” and “Where Is the Friend’s Home?” were screened at the festival. “Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami”, a series of shots developed from a workshop that Kiarostami held earlier this year in Cuba, were also screened at the festival.
Abbas Kiarostami, who was suffering from a severe gastrointestinal disease, died in a Paris hospital on July 4.