BY BILGE EBIRI
Storied Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami died last weekend in Paris at age 76. In 2012, the Voice's Bilge Ebiri interviewed Kiarostami on the occasion of the premiere of his film Like Someone in Love at the New York Film Festival. The following interview ran in a slightly different form on Ebiri's blog, They Live by Night, in 2013.
Abbas Kiarostami needs no introduction: He is, quite simply, among the small handful of directors who continue to be of seismic importance to world culture. From his early masterpieces — both documentaries and fictions, many of them made with Iranian schoolchildren — to his later experiments with narrative form and technology, he's been at the cutting edge of everything we know as cinema. I sat down with him during the New York Film Festival. Here's our chat.