Abbas Kiarostami, the critically acclaimed Iranian director died on 4 July 2016 following a prolonged illness in Paris. He was 76. Kiarostami is survived by two sons.
His 1997 film Taste of Cherry won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
About Abbas Kiarostami
• Kiarostami wrote and directed dozens of films over an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years.
• He was born in 1940 in Tehran and continued to work from Iran after the 1979 revolution.
• Kiarostami made his first film in 1970 titled The Bread and Alley that was just 12 minutes long.
• In 1977, he made his first feature-length film titled Report that is about a tax collector who takes bribes.
• Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry won the Best Picture Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
• His other famous films are Close-Up (1990), 1987 film Where is the Friend's Home? 2000 film The Wind Will Carry Us and many more.
• He also received the award from Martin Scorsese in the 2005 Marrakesh International Film Festival in Morocco.
• In 2016, he was among 683 film-makers who were asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
• He won more than 70 awards for his works.
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