Kur­dish Film Re­view: Shirin

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

"Shirin", a film di­rected by Ab­bas Kiarostami, takes a whole dif­fer­ent take on films and film mak­ing as it goes through 92 min­utes of the in­di­vid­ual re­ac­tions of an au­di­ence watch­ing a film. Quite para­dox­i­cal and strange as it may seem, an au­di­ence watch­ing an au­di­ence watch a movie, the film ac­tu­ally ex­plores the depth of hu­man na­ture and the con­nec­tion the au­di­ence has with the film. The au­di­ence was com­posed over a 100 dif­fer­ent prom­i­nent and well-known ac­tresses.

In an in­ter­view with Khatereh Kho­daei from "Off­screen", Ab­bas Kiarostami an­swers the ques­tion of where he found the in­spi­ra­tion to cre­ate such a film and de­vel­op­ing more in­sight and per­spec­tive on the film.

"I be­lieve this work fea­tures two movies. I mean, we don’t look at the pro­duc­tion in the ab­stract; rather, we look at its im­pact on au­di­ences. This is a very old phe­nom­e­non ev­i­dent in some other films I have di­rected. For in­stance, in Un­der the Olive Trees the mo­ment there is an ar­gu­ment be­tween Ms. Shiva and Hus­sein with the con­struc­tion worker who has dropped the bricks, we see the traf­fic jam with­out ac­tu­ally see­ing it. I mean on their faces we see the whole at­mos­phere with­out see­ing the ac­tual con­ges­tion. It is the case in sev­eral re­cent pro­duc­tions of mine. We see the film through the im­pact it has on peo­ple who are watch­ing a movie."

H.G. Has­san

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