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A Taste of Cherry
(Ta’m e guilass)

Screening on Film
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
With Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorsid Bakhtiari.
Iran/France, 1997, 35mm, color, 95 min.
Persian with English subtitles.

Kiarostami’s latest picture shared the Grand Prix at Cannes and was voted Best Foreign Language Film by the National Society of Film Critcs. A Tehran man suffers the most serious of middle-age crises: he decides to kill himself, and drives around trying to enlist help from strangers for his well-planned ritualized demise. Will they agree to bury him in a pit which he has dug for himself?  This is Kiarostami’s most daring work, because suicide, of course, is a violation of the teachings of the Koran.

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