Tip of the Week

Taste of Cherry

Abbas Kiarostami is considered one of the world's contemporary masters among those who have had a chance to see his films. "Through the Olive Trees," one of his much-lauded recent works, was sold to Miramax as part of a package deal; the all-but-shelved treatment of the Kiarostami film shows just how much Miramax wanted "Muriel's Wedding." But his Palme d'Or winner at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival will have better luck, with a run in a few months at the Music Box. In the meantime, the Film Center, which has done as much for Iranian film as any other venue in this country, is presenting a preview of "Taste of Cherry" this Saturday at 7. It's the story of a middle-aged intellectual who has lost his will to live and embarks on a road trip where he asks strangers how he might leave this world. It's a good opportunity to sample what Screen International calls "An unexpected affirmation of the very things that make life worth living told with great simplicity and eloquence." (Ray Pride)

See Short Runs, Sat/28, for details.


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