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Abbas Kiarostami

Godard once said: "Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." 

Scorsese followed: "Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema." I've come to admire the truth in both expressions. 

What impresses me most about Kiarostami's work is what isn't shown. He hides a lot of stuff in the margins, waits for us to fill in the dots and dashes. Half-films, he called them. Unfinished cinema. The untold or unexplained parts of his films cast a mysterious spell over the mind, similar to Denis' filmography. His stories rely upon the power of ellipsis, the power of role-play; they endow us as both author and detective of the story. He respects and leaves space for us to…

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