For what would prove to be his final film, Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.
At the time of the director’s death in 2016, work on this intimate and elegiac film was mostly, though not entirely, complete. Ahmad, Abbas Kiarostami’s son, helped finished the film and it was released as a co-production of CG Cinema and Kiarostami Foundation.
24 Frames premiered at Canned Film Festival on May 23, 2017.