Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's visit to IU Cinema postponed until April

Jan. 15, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A visit by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami to the United States and Indiana University this month has been postponed until April.

The filmmaker is now expected to be present for two film screenings, at 3 and 6:30 p.m. April 6, and his public lecture is now rescheduled for 2 p.m. April 7 at IU Cinema. The interview will be led by Richard Peña, former head of the New York Film Festival, and will become a bonus feature on the 2014 Blu-ray Disc release of one of Kiarostami's films.

No tickets are necessary for the lecture, which is made possible through the support of the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation.

All films in the "Abbas Kiarostami in Indiana" series scheduled in January and February will be screened per the existing schedule. While Kiarostami will not be available to introduce films in person, he is expected to introduce select films next week via Skype.

The series includes nine films that trace the majority of his work in Iran, including his well-know Koker Trilogy, as well as a 2013 documentary by filmmaker Bahman Maghsoudlou. All films are in Farsi with English subtitles.

Tickets to all films in the series are free and can be obtained at the IU Auditorium Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; one hour before any screening at the cinema; or by phone at 812-855-1103 for a $10 service fee per order.