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Watch: Martin Scorsese Remembers Abbas Kiarostami’s Friendship and Impact In Touching Tribute

Written by on July 18, 2016 

Kiarostami and Scorsese

With the recent passing of legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, fellow directors have been sharing their condolences — including Martin Scorsese, who recently expanded his thoughts in a tribute at New York City’s School of Visual Arts this past weekend. In the 12-minute remembrance, he reveals how a friendship between the two of them fostered over the last decade-plus, as well as the profound impact Kiarostami’s films had on him.

“In a way, I’m still prepping for the meeting next year,” Scorsese states, after recalling their time together last fall. Comparing his work to how he felt when seeing the classics of Italian neo-realism, Scorsese says, “After I saw four or five of his films together over a period of a few months, I found that I experienced that same impact 65 years later. It was something that changed my way of looking at the world.”

See the full tribute below, along with a video essay on Kiarostami’s work here.


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