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Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker

Thursday, July 19, 2007
7:00 p.m. The Wedding Suit
Abbas Kiarostami (Iran, 1976)

(Lebasi bara ye aroussi). Through almost purely visual means, Kiarostami creates an O. Henry–like story of a wedding suit "borrowed" from the tailor's for a night, and uses it to explore the world of working youths in the shops and streets of Tehran. To outward appearances, the boys in question have only to wait on adults, delivering tea from the cafe or being a tailor's assistant. But with adults out of earshot, an active subculture thrives, a hive of youthful desire for that which is perceived as unattainable, whether it is a girl, as in The Experience, or, in this film, a bespoke suit made for a middle-class mama's boy but coveted by the fast-talking street kids who give the film its life, its pathos, and its subtle class message.

The Wedding Suit is repeated on Saturday, July 21.

—Judy Bloch

• Written by Kiarostami, Parviz Davai. Photographed by Foirouz Malekzadeh. With Mohammad Fazih Motaleb, Massud Zand Begleh, Mehdi Nekui. (54 mins, B&W, 35mm)

Preceded by shorts:
Colors (Rang-ha) (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1976). A refreshing short that teaches children to identify colors. (15 mins, Color, 16mm)
Solution No. 1 (Rah-e hal-e yek) (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1978). In Kiarostami's "road movie," a man with a broken-down car is stranded on a desert road. (11 mins, Color, 16mm)

• (Total running time: 80 mins, In Farsi with English subtitles, From Kanoon)