Art and Experience: The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) commemorated the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami by screening his film “Take Me Home” and “76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami”.
In his “Take Me Home”, Kiarostami takes his camera to Southern Italy and shows the viewers a beautiful and playful video of alleys and stairs there.
“76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami” is a montage film made by Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami’s close friend Seifollah Samadian.
The title of the film refers to the duration of Kiarostami’s life, 76 years and 15 days, and shows a picture of Kiarostami as a filmmaker, photographer, poet, graphic designer, video artist and even a carpenter.
Moreover, the festival is screening two Iranian movies, “Simulation” (Abed Abest), competing in the main section of the festival, and “Immortality” (Mehdi Fard-Qaderi) in the No Limit section.
“Simulation” is about three bored young men who decide to pay a visit to an older man they only know vaguely, but the old man turns a gun on them as he thinks they’ve come to burgle him.
“Immortality”, which is a one-shot feature film, tells the story of several persons who have to spend a rainy night together on a train.
The festival opened on June 2 in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and will be running until June 11.