The Traveller

Director: Abbas Kiarostami Country: Iran Year: 1974 Runtime: 83 minutes Black & White / 1.37 / Mono 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…

The Experience

Director: Abbas Kiarostami Country: Iran Year: 1973 Runtime: 60 minutes Black & White / Mono Based on a story by Amir Naderi, who also cowrote the film, this slice of a fourteen-year-old boy’s life follows his efforts
to fend for himself in the big city, working as a tea server and assistant in a photographer’s studio,…

Breaktime

Director: Abbas Kiarostami Country: Iran Year: 1972 Runtime: 11 minutes Black & White / Mono 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…

The Bread and Alley

Director: Abbas Kiarostami Country: Iran Year: 1970 Runtime: 10 minutes Black & White / Mono “The mother of all my films,” according to Abbas Kiarostami, starts out as a breezily observed anecdote about a boy wending his way home through Tehran alleys carrying a loaf of bread. Variations on both the boy and the old…