Abbas Kiarostami, the renowned Iranian filmmaker, photographer, designer, and poet has created more than forty films in a style that is typically complex, allusive, self-reflexive, documentary-like, and poetic. Five, one of the director's most recent and most experimental works, "abandons all precepts of conventional storytelling, discovering in their place the narrative rhythms hidden within the natural world. Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu, Five structurally refers to the static-camera experiments of Andy Warhol, and to the more current, remarkable landscape works of James Benning. The film is composed of five long shots, most taken along the waters of the Caspian Sea, each 'starring' such actors as tides and driftwood, a gang of ducks, croaking frogs, or the reflection of the moon....Five provides a slate upon which to project any thought or emotion; it's 'both a lesson in cinema and a lesson in being'."
Five is playing at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley at 8:45 as part of the UC Berkeley Art Museum's exhibition of the director's films and photography.
More details on the film festival and photography exhibit. (http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/film/FN16579)
Directions to Pacific Film Archive (http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/directions)
Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students and seniors.
7:45 We will meet beforehand starting at 7:45 at Cafe Milano (across the street at 2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.
8:25 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft). The film starts at 8:45 and is 74 minutes long.
10:00 We will meet afterwards at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.