And Life Goes On: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami
- Kiarostami: Two Short Features
- Abbas Kiarostami
- October 28, 2019 8:15
A Wedding Suit
(Lebasi baraye arusi)
60 min. DCP
“In this neorealist comedy about the nature of friendship and the importance of money, a woman orders a new suit for her son to wear to a wedding. The tailor’s apprentice and his two teenage friends covet the fetching ensemble, and hatch a plan to borrow it for the night just to see how it feels — a plan that of course goes comically (and suspensefully) awry as the clothing passes among the trio, threatened by mishap at every moment” (TIFF).
Case No. 1, Case No. 2
(aka First Case, Second Case)
(Ghazieh‑e shekl‑e aval, ghazieh‑e shekl‑e dou wom)
48 min. DCP
Two versions of a classroom discipline situation are dramatized in Kiarostami’s fascinating (and politically charged) documentary, started under the Shah but completed in the early days of the Islamic Revolution. In one case, a group of students refuses to rat out a troublemaker in their midst to the teacher; in the other, a pupil fingers the culprit. The director then asked several prominent Iranian figures to comment on the outcomes. “A seemingly simple classroom struggle between teacher and students becomes an absorbing lesson in solidarity, ideology, and resistance in Kiarostami’s gripping documentary … Astoundingly, many of the interviewees would become key figures — or victims — of the revolution” (Jason Sanders, Pacific Film Archive).