The Traveler


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PrintAbbas Kiarostami in Indiana

The Traveler

  1. Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Abbas Kiarostami’s first full-length feature (and last film shot in B&W) tells the story of a troublesome boy in a small Iranian town. He is devout soccer fan and with the help of a friend and a camera, they hustle enough money to get him to a game in Tehran. Like many of Kiarostami’s early films, it was made for an educational institution named Kanoon, and necessarily has moral suggestions. He however, offers a film that is observed like Truffuat’s 400 Blows with an uncompromising look at class, rural Iran, the viciousness nature of some school children, and parents who are not very present in their children’s lives. Like many of Kiarostami’s films, The Traveler, as the title implies, involves a journey to discovery. 35mm film print is being provided courtesy of LACMA and the Academy Film Archive. (35mm presentation)