This is the fifth film in the Renowned Iranian Artists series that Bahman Maghsoudlou has directed and produced. The previous entries are: Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty, Ahmad Mahmoud: A Nobel Novelist, Iran Darroudi: The Painter of Ethereal Moments, and Ardeshir Mohasses: A Rebellious Artist.
Abbas Kiarostami: A Report was premiered at Montréal World Film Festival in 2013 and since has been selected for various film festivals around the world, screening successfully in Toronto, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.
This feature documentary is an analysis of the style and vision of Abbas Kiarostami, the world’s most iconic Iranian filmmaker, through the lens of his earliest work, including his first short film (Bread & Alley, 1970) and, particularly, his first feature, The Report. This early example of Kiarostami’s work gives insight into his poetic, humanistic tendencies, combining allegorical storytelling with a documentary, neo-realist sensibility, and often exploring the very nature of film as fiction, that have pervaded his work ever since, including such recent international sensations as A Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy. Exclusive interviews with film critics, historians and scholars (including the late great Andrew Sarris) and those directly involved in the making of The Report provide a look at how the career of this master independent auteur began and was shaped
The film has also been selected for Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, Italy on November 15, and the Middle East Studies Association of North America Film Festival (MESA) on November 22 in Washington DC.