Abbas Kiarostami

1940 - 2016

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Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] ; 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer, and film producer. An active filmmaker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in the production of over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–1994), Close-Up (1990), The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), and Taste of Cherry (1997), which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abbas Kiarostami has received more than 1,719,709 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Abbas Kiarostami is the 60th most popular film director (down from 48th in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Iran (down from 53rd in 2019) and the most popular Iranian Film Director.

Abbas Kiarostami is most famous for his films, which are typically slow-paced and contemplative. He often uses long takes, minimal dialogue, and a static camera to create a sense of realism.

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Among film directors, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 60 out of 2,041Before him are Tony Scott, Luc Besson, Paul Verhoeven, Brian De Palma, Aki Kaurismäki, and Werner Herzog. After him are Stephen Hillenburg, Jacques Tati, Claude Chabrol, Sergei Parajanov, Robert Zemeckis, and Éric Rohmer.

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Among people born in 1940, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 31Before him are Brian De Palma, Martin Sheen, Joachim Gauck, John Hurt, Pina Bausch, and Peter Fonda. After him are Tony Tan, Giorgio Moroder, Kip Thorne, Anna Karina, Raquel Welch, and Burt Young. Among people deceased in 2016, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 23Before him are Islam Karimov, Cesare Maldini, Carlos Alberto Torres, João Havelange, George Michael, and Prince. After him are Jerome Bruner, Nancy Reagan, Bernardo Provenzano, Gabriele Amorth, Alvin Toffler, and Elie Wiesel.

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Among people born in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 66 out of 631Before him are Moshe Katsav (1945), Cyaxares (-700), Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934), Masoud Barzani (1946), Cyrus I (-690), and Mohammad Khatami (1943). After him are Ibn Majah (824), Achaemenes (-800), Öljaitü (1280), Shapur II (309), Babak Khorramdin (798), and Bayazid Bastami (804).

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Among film directors born in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 1After him are Dariush Mehrjui (1939), Jafar Panahi (1960), Barbet Schroeder (1941), Asghar Farhadi (1972), Shirin Neshat (1957), Majid Majidi (1959), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (1957), Masoud Kimiai (1941), Ali Hatami (1944), Hossein Shahabi (1967), and Bahman Ghobadi (1969).