Nema-ye Nazdik


  • Abbás Kiarostamí
  • Iran
  • 1990, 94 min
Script: Abbas Kiarostami
Photography: Ali Reza Zarrindast
Editing: Abbas Kiarostami
Sound: Ahmad Asgari
Actors, social actors: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah
Color: Colour
Language: Persian

An unemployed young man pretends to be famous director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and fools the members of a rich and educated family with his charade. Kiarostami’s masterful reconstruction of this true story blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction. The various character’s motivations at the court hearing gradually reveal the contradictions in modern Iranian society.

“Do you prefer to be Makhmalbaf or Sabzian?”, the real director asks his alter ego, who tearfully throws himself into his arms. “Sometimes I am tired from being myself.”

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Festival edition: 2013
Sections: Transparent Landscape Iran
Exhibition format: 35 mm
Subtitle languages: English


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