Tehran - Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director has died aged 76.
Tehran – Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director has died aged 76.
“Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” reported Isna news agency on Monday.
Iran’s house of cinema confirmed the report, Isna said. Kiarostami had been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer in March 2016, and had undergone a series of operations, including in Paris last month.
He was born in 1940 in Tehran, and originally studied painting at the University of Tehran; Kiarostami began working as a graphic designer and went on to shoot dozens of commercials for Iranian TV. In 1969 he joined Kanun (the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults), where he ran the film department, and was able to make his own films.
Kiarostami’s upward ascension as a major autor was confirmed in 1997, when his seventh feature, Taste of Cherry – a study of a man driving around looking for someone to help him commit suicide – was awarded the Palme d’Or (jointly, with The Eel, directed by Shohei Imamura).