Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Country: Iran
Year: 1990
Runtime: 98 minutes
Black & White / 1.37 / Mono

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—one of Kiarostami’s most radical, brilliant works—has resonated with viewers around the world.