EFC II #224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori

The two hundred and twenty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s contemplative film about a man considering his mortality as he drives around the countryside, Taste of Cherry.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, but it’s a shaky yes, I think this film can hit a lot of people in a very powerful way, but it’s all on the viewer after all… I thought it was great and inspires profound questioning.

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EFC II #223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva, Hossein Rezai, Tahereh Ladanian, Hocine Redai

The two hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s unique film about the shooting of a single scene in a movie and the drama surrounded its production, Through the Olive Trees.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s quite unique and I loved the concept of focusing on the shooting of one scene in a film being the back drop to a quiet romantic drama.

EFC II #222 – Close-Up (1990)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#222 – Close-Up (1990)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Hossein Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi, Hossain Farazmand, Hooshang Shamaei, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami

The two hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary drama that blends the lines of truth and fiction, Close-Up.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, undoubtedly, such a unique and captivating film that challenges what a film can even be.

 

EFC II #20 – Gabbeh (1996)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#20 – Gabbeh (1996)
Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Starring: Shaghayeh Djodat, Abbas Sayah, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Parvaneh Ghalandari

The twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s surreal tale of colour and love, Gabbeh.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, if only by how incredibly unique and different it felt in the way it told the story.