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Busan: Seyfolah Samadian Unveils Abbas Kiarostami Documentary Project

BUSAN — Long-time Abbas Kiarostami associate Seyfolah Samadian is planning a documentary about 20 years of visits to the Cannes Film Festival that the late director made.

Samadian has been documenting Kiarostami’s life for some 30 years, and shot his 2001 documentary “ABC Africa” as well as being one of the camera operators on Bahman Maghsoudlou’s “Abbas Kiarostami: A Report” (2013.) He also directed “76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Kiarostami,” a reference to the length of the late auteur’s life, that bowed in Venice and is playing in Busan as part of a Kiarostami retrospective.

“The next episode will be about Abbas’ 20 years in the Cannes Film Festival,” Samadian said.

Samadian was speaking at a Busan Film Festival event titled ‘Asian Auteur: Abbas Kiarostami or the Permanent Present of Iranian Cinema.’ Along with him was Kiarostami’s son Ahmad and another long-time associate Shohreh Golparian, who was instrumental in getting Iranian films released in Japan and introducing them to Busan. Golparian worked as Kiarostami’s assistant and interpreter on the Japan-set “Like Someone in Love.” Golparian also produced the Japanese-language films “Cut,” “The Story Isn’t Over Yet” and “Tokyo NY”

Kiarostami expert Lee Wang-joo, a professor at Pusan National University, moderated the discussion.

Speaking about his father, Ahmad Kiarostami said: “He himself was like his films, modest, honest and approachable. He left us a little hungry, so that we appreciate what he did even more.”

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