CAPFILM: WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE
The first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing trilogy of films set in the northern Iranian village of Koker takes a premise of fable-like simplicity—a boy searches for the home of his classmate whose school notebook he has accidentally taken—and transforms it into a miraculous, child’s-eye adventure of the everyday. As our young hero zigzags determinedly across two towns aided (and sometimes misdirected) by those he encounters, his quest becomes both a revealing portrait of Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility. Shot through with all the wonder, beauty, tension, and mystery one day can contain, Where is the Friend’s House? established Kiarostami’s reputation as one cinema’s most sensitive and profound humanists.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS FILM
by Robert Delaney, Film Arts Programmer
Director Abbas Kiarostami was a creative photographer, poet, screenwriter, graphic designer, painter, illustrator and filmmaker, making him one of the key figures of the Iranian New Wave movement. Where is the Friend’s House is an insightful, inspiring, empathetic portrait of childhood, where Kiarostami vividly expresses the weight and tension of everyday struggle. The film also illustrates his signature landscape cinematography and the beauty of the Koker region.
Image, Sound and Silence: An Art House Film Series
Art House Film is one of the most bold, dynamic and influential parts of cinema history. While its impact on filmmaking is significant, it is extremely broad, can be challenging to access, and may be difficult to know where to begin. This series—the first of its kind to be presented at the Appell Center—is designed as an introduction, opening the door for our audiences into the wide world of the Art House.
We will explore pivotal film movements like Iranian New Wave, French New Wave and Italian Neorealism. We will screen films across different eras, going back to the late 1920s and forward to the early 2000s. We will celebrate national film traditions from around the globe and filmmakers who have made far-reaching impressions on world cinema.
Whether you are completely new to these films or have seen them many times before, we hope to create a community around this series; encouraging audiences to share their thoughts through discussion following the full theatrical experience and sparking a continued sense of creative exploration.
Upcoming Films in this Series:
- Late Spring (March 10)
- Cléo from 5 to 7 (April 14)
- In the Mood for Love (May 5)
- Bicycle Thieves (June 9)
- The Passion of Joan of Arc (June 23)
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