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Italo pic museum honors Kiarostami

Retro comprises more than 30 titles

ROME — The first complete retrospective of works by Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami, including shorts and titles never seen outside Iran, as well as photographs, art installations and poems, unspools this week at Italy’s National Film Museum in Turin.

The Kiarostami retro comprises more than 30 titles, from his first short — 1970’s “Nan va Koutcheh” (The Bread and the Alley), about an Iranian boy punished for shattering a window with a ball — to the 63-year-old auteur’s latest feature, “10,” about a young divorcee in Teheran. It unspooled in Cannes in 2002.

Former Venice Intl. Film Festival director Alberto Barbera, the Turin museum’s curator, and producer Elisa Resegotti have assembled the material in the original Farsi with Italian and English subtitles.

Previously unseen titles include the first copy shown outside of Iran of Kiarostami’s 1979 “Case 1, Case 2,” which contains interviews with protagonists of that year’s Iranian revolution, and “5,” a collection of five shorts in digital video shot this year on the Caspian Sea.

Kiarostami, winner of the 1997 Palme d’Or for “A Taste of Cherry,” among other prizes, will be in Turin for the retro, which kicks off in the Northern Italian city on Thursday.

During the event, Kiarostami will hold a 10-day digital filmmaking workshop with 25 selected young directors.

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