Abbas Kiarostami

1940 - 2016

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Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] (listen); 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 1,235,654 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Abbas Kiarostami is the 65th most popular film director (down from 56th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Iran (down from 59th 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 65 out of 1,580Before him are Yasujirō Ozu, Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica, Elia Kazan, Paul Verhoeven, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. After him are Frank Capra, Robert Zemeckis, Alain Resnais, F. W. Murnau, Luc Besson, and Terrence Malick.

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Among people born in 1940, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 32Before him are Zodiac Killer, Patrick Stewart, Peter Fonda, James Caan, Terry Gilliam, and Joseph Brodsky. After him are J. M. G. Le Clézio, Julie Christie, Giorgio Moroder, Kip Thorne, Stuart Sutcliffe, and George A. Romero. Among people deceased in 2016, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 24Before him are Islam Karimov, Alvin Toffler, Jerome Bruner, João Havelange, Carlos Alberto Torres, and Pierre Boulez. After him are George Michael, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, Carrie Fisher, Elie Wiesel, and Prince.

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Among people born in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 61 out of 463Before him are Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (1932), Xerxes II of Persia (-500), Bayazid Bastami (804), Sogdianus of Persia (-500), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (1956), and Ghazan (1271). After him are Shirin Ebadi (1947), Cyaxares (-700), Jamshīd al-Kāshī (1380), Babak Khorramdin (798), Qasem Soleimani (1957), and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934).

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Among film directors born in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami ranks 1After him are Barbet Schroeder (1941), Jafar Panahi (1960), Asghar Farhadi (1972), Majid Majidi (1959), Masoud Kimiai (1941), Dariush Mehrjui (1939), Shirin Neshat (1957), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (1957), Bahman Ghobadi (1969), Hossein Shahabi (1967), and Samira Makhmalbaf (1980).