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And Life Goes On

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
1992
Iran
95 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Opening the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, the second film in the Koker trilogy is set against a backdrop of destruction yet brims with life and vitality.
In 1990 northern Iran was devastated by an earthquake killing an estimated 50,000 people. The epicentre of the quake was Koker, the town where Kiarostami had shot Where Is the Friend’s House? With telecommunications cut, Kiarostami and his son drove from Tehran in search of the two stars of his film, brothers Babak and Ahmad. The events of the trip and, in particular, the story of the young man Kiarostami met, who’d married immediately after the disaster, ruminated with him and he decided to return to make And Life Goes On.

In the fictional telling of Kiarostami’s journey, as the father and son travel further into the countryside, the purpose of their mission drifts, giving way to a broader sense of hope amidst the rubble. To make the film Kiarostami had to ask locals to restage scenes following the earthquake. They did so but refused to wear dirty clothes and instead came dressed in their finery for the shoot. Kiarostami responded by saying, “Why not? We’re not portraying reality; we’re making a film.”
Kiarostami’s intricate weaving of fiction and nonfiction become self-reflexive meditations on the very act of identity, freedom, creativity and personal expression.
Patrick Z. McGavin, RogerEbert.com
Program Strand
Kiarostami Retrospective
Original Title
Zendegi va digar hich
Year
1992
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Iran
Language
In Farsi with English subtitles
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Producer
Ali Reza Zarrin
Cast
Farhad Kheradmand, Pouya Payvar, Hossein Rezai
Screenwriter
Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematographer
Homayoun Payvar
Editor
Abbas Kiarostami, Changiz Sayad
Genre
Retrospective, Middle East
Company Credits
Sales Agent: MK2 Films
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