Cinema goes into deep mourning for Iran’s movie legend

Film makers and fans across the world alongside with Iranian top leaders have echoed the sentiment over the death of the award-winning director Abbas Kiarostami.

Abbas Kiarostami who won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 1997 with his movie ‘Taste of Cherry’ has died in Paris aged 76 after he underwent several surgeries for cancer.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described him as “a towering figure in international cinema”.

President Hassan Rouhani also posted a message on his Twitter account to convey his condolences over Kiarostami’s death.

Rouhani’s tweet said the director’s works added valuable contributions to promotion of peace and friendship in the world.

“The wind carried him,” Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani tweeted.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese released a statement saying “he [Kiarostami] was a very special human being: quiet, elegant, modest, articulate and quite observant. I don’t think he missed anything. Our paths crossed too seldom, and I was always glad when they did. He was a true gentleman and, truly, one of our great artists,” the Associated Press reported.

Many movie theaters across Iran have held a moment of silence this evening to pay tribute to Kiarostami.

Abbas Kiarostami has left his mark on the cinema world. Needless to say his visions will continue to live in film world for years to come. All we can say is, rest in peace.

Source: Trend