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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, France
109 minutes
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An illuminating and direct piece of cinema that focuses on the lives of contemporary Iranian women, set entirely within the confines of a car.
Premiering in Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, Ten centres on a chic divorcee in Tehran. She drives her young son around town and on her travels encounters various female passengers, who each provide an insight into the roles of, and attitudes toward, women in contemporary Iran. Kiarostami’s Ten exploits advances in digital technology to create an entirely new cinema that experimented with form and “the disappearance of direction.”

Set entirely within the confines of a car and using the size and portability of mini-DV (video) cameras, Kiarostami dispensed with a traditional crew and even himself as director: “In this form of cinema, the director is more like a football coach and has to do most of the work before the take starts.” Cars are a staple of Kiarostami’s films and after creating cinema largely void of female leads, the uniquely public/private space of the vehicle offered enormous narrative freedoms for his characters to explore the world. Moreover, by placing the actor’s side by side in the frame, Kiarostami achieved more naturalistic performances from his cast, resulting in a moving filmic experience.
A conceptual tour de force, Abbas Kiarostami's Ten goes from chilly abstraction to hot emotion in less than 60 seconds.
Manohla Dargis, The Los Angeles Times

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Kiarostami Retrospective
Original Title
Iran, France
In Farsi with English subtitles
Abbas Kiarostami
Ali Reza Zarrin
Mania Akbari, Amin Maher
Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami, Morteza Tabatabaii, Bahman Kiarostami
Retrospective, Cannes Selected, Cinephile, Experimental, Filmmaking, Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality, Middle East
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Sales Agent: MK2 Films
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