#173: Close-Up

2aqa9enmhq5ts8vh9jlygvkpnf3#173 – Close-Up, (کلوزآپ ، نمای نزدیک), 1990, Abbas Kiarostami

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the 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.

#965: Taste of Cherry

8m8dylbf6trvchpayvjjt3vjqmf#965 – Taste of Cherry, (طعم گيلاس), 1997, Abbas Kiarostami

A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take on the job, but initially he has little luck. Eventually, Badii finds a man who is up for the task because he needs the money, but his new associate soon tries to talk him out of committing suicide.