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Abbas Kiarostami Planning Italy-Set Film ‘Horizontal Processes’

Written by on May 21, 2012 

It’s only been a day since his latest outing, Like Someone in Love, hit Cannes to a decidedly mixed response, but Variety reports that Abbas Kiarostami is formulating his next effort, currently titled Horizontal Processes. The “tentative plans” call for shooting to commence in Apulia, Italy, next year — making this the third straight film composed outside of his former mainstay, Iran — with MK2 returning to produce.

Well, this one’s seeds were actually planted some time ago; Kiarostami has been photographing the area for four years now, being taken with the “complex architecture” that, if you ask him, serves as a suitable aesthetic compliment to “the complexity of the people who live there.” (With any luck, this will be synchronized in the cinematic medium.) That long-standing and deep-seated enthusiasm notwithstanding, producer Marin Karmitz said that “you never know” with the Iranian auteur, what with him being someone that’s “absolutely capable of changing his mind.”

Out of pure excitement, let’s just ignore that little warning for the time being and, well, get said excitement going. While Kiarostami already perfected the all-too-difficult art of capturing Italy with Certified Copy — be it the Tuscan countryside, its narrow streets, or the imposing, dark archways that seem to exist at every turn — someone who’s experienced any of his majestic (not a word I use often) outings can express satisfaction over this, in all reality, basic turn of events. Right now, however, I’ll be focusing my attention on a) seeing more of his films, and b) keeping track of where Like Someone in Love heads next.

Does the news of a new Kiarostami film get the cinematic blood pumping?

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