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THE TRAVELER + short films The Bread and Alley and Breaktime

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THE TRAVELER + short films The Bread and Alley and Breaktime

Part of Abbas Kiarostami: A Retrospective.

In this trio of a few of Kiarostami’s earliest films, his first two shorts (The Bread and Alley and Breaktime) followed by an early feature (THE TRAVELER), the keen photographic eye and themes of youthful conundrums—whether involving dogs, soccer or otherwise—are already on full display.

THE TRAVELER:
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 matching that of the protagonist. THE TRAVELER has an acridly ironic ending and one of the best performances by a child in Kiarostami’s early work.


The Bread and Alley:
“The mother of all my films,” according to Abbas Kiarostami, starts out as a breezily observed anecdote about a boy winding his way home through Tehran alleys carrying a loaf of bread. Variations on both the boy and the old man he sees and begins to follow will factor into future Kiarostami films, as will the use of “dead time,” the journey structure, and the poetic articulation of space. The final scene, involving a dog and a door, ends on a note of wry ambiguity.


Breaktime:
Disciplined at school for breaking a window, a boy joins throngs of his schoolmates as they make a cacophonous exit onto Tehran’s streets. He then briefly joins an impromptu soccer game but disrupts it by stealing the ball and running away, and ends up drifting aimlessly along a busy highway. Free of dialogue but using unsynchronized sound throughout, this moody film shows Kiarostami expanding his visual vocabulary with zooms and crane and helicopter shots.


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Friday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEKiarostami ShortsTHE DEAD CENTER

Saturday

A WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2: Introduction from Ashkan Bahrani, Vanderbilt University (1:00pm)
SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2HOMEWORK + educational shortsFIRST LOVECLOSE-UPTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)THE DEAD CENTER12 Hours of Terror

Sunday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVETASTE OF CHERRYTHE WIND WILL CARRY USTHE DEAD CENTER

Monday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEFIRST LOVELITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Tuesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVEHOMEWORK + educational shortsRental Screening: THE SACRED PLACES PROJECT: Moments in the WildernessTHE DEAD CENTER

Wednesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2NJFF: KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHUTHE DEAD CENTER

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