CANCELLED – And Life Goes On...

28 August
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12/$10 (season pass available)

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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 over 50,000 people. The epicentre of the quake was Koker, the town where Kiarostami had shot Where is the Friend’s House? (1987). With telecommunications cut, Kiarostami and his son drove from Tehran in search of the two stars of his earlier film, brothers Babak and Ahmad.  

The events of the trip and 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 non-fiction become self-reflexive meditations on the very act of identity, freedom, creativity and personal expression’ - Roger

Notes by Kristy Matheson – Director of Film, ACMI

See more films and season passes (all 6 films or the Koker trilogy) in our The Films of Abbas Kiarostami program

Presented by the NFSA in partnership with ACMI and the Sydney Film Festival.



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