In February 2017 we held the very first of the workshops dedicated to recently deceased famous international film directors with an event dedicated to the memory of Iranian Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), who had passed away prematurely the previous year. The workshop was opened in a moving tribute by Jean-Michel Frodon, who had been a close personal friend of the filmmaker. Then there were contributions by Sanghita Sen and Shorna Pal, as well as a screening of the director’s Cannes-winning feature film A TASTE OF CHERRY (1997), which we discussed.
Some of the work generated for the workshop was subsequently published online for IN MEDIA RES: A MEDIA COMMONS PROJECT on 24 April 2017. Five short essays dedicated to Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, by Dina Iordanova. Jean-Michel Frodon, Marco dalla Gassa (Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Sanghita Sen and Shorna Pal (St Andrews)