IMO any serious cinephile who listed the top 3 greatest living filmmakers up until today had to include Kiarostami. He shaped not only my cinephilia, but my character. Now he belongs in the all-time greats pantheon. At 76, he certainly could have kept on pushing the boundaries of art. Will be deeply missed.
A great way for all of us to honor him is watching one of his films tonight. Shouldn’t be hard to find (Youtube!).
A multi-talented artist and a visionary.
He was #1 in my book. I knew he was sick but I was deeply hoping he’d recover. What he contributed to world cinema is beyond words, and the mere thought of what he had left in him makes this a tremendous lost. Something like Close-Up not only makes you rethink film’s possibilities, but the very nature of art itself — it’s as good as any movie ever made.
In the words of Jean-Luc Godard: “Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.”