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The Nightlight Film Society is a monthly gathering of cinephiles, patrons, and members of the Nightlight to watch essential Cinema on the big screen. We encourage a discussion not only about the film but analyze the impact of cinema on society. Every month we have a guest speaker give a brief introduction before we screen the film and help conduct a conversation after.
Last year around the anniversary of director Abbas Kiarostami's passing, the Nightlight Film Society screened his final film 24 Frames (2018) This July we are bringing his best film CLOSE-UP (1990) in a new 4k restoration to Akron.
Beginning August 2 at IFC Center in New York, Janus Films will be presenting a touring Abbas Kiarostami retrospective spanning the great Iranian master’s career, including the Koker Trilogy, Taste of Cherry, rare shorts, documentaries, new restorations undertaken by the Criterion Collection and mk2 with the invaluable contribution of Ahmad Kiarostami, and more! We will be screening one of these rare shorts in front of CLOSE-UP (1990)
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. 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. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.
We have included a beautiful video-essay on Abbas Kiarostami's work below. A trailer is soon to come for this film.