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Kiarostami Retrospective - The Traveler
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Kiarostami Retrospective - The Traveler
Sun Sep 15: 7.30pm

Abbas Kiarostami
1h 10m
Series - Kiarostami Retrospective

* NWFF, SIFF, and Grand Illusion members all receive the NWFF member rate on tickets. Affiliates of the Iran Film Initiative can receive a $3 ticket discount at the door! *

Kiarostamis first feature focuses on a boy in a provincial city so avid to get to Tehran to see a soccer match that hell lie to adults and cheat other kids. A quest film thats also a study of youthful obsession, its filmed in edgy black and white with a quiet energy that matches its heros. The Traveler has an acridly ironic ending and one of the best performances by a child in Kiarostamis early work.

Description courtesy of Janus films.

Kiarostamis patient, detailed, and wry attention to the infinitesimal practicalities of daily life yields a deep critical cross-section of Iranian society.  The New Yorker

[The Traveler] is a well-observed, witty and touching film about a 10-year-old boys determination to obtain enough money, by hook or by crook, to get from his small town to a big football match in Tehran.  The Guardian

Its a beautiful, tragicomic story in its own right, but as the first in what would become a succession of variations on a formula, it stands as a vital assemblage of natural inclinations, most of which Kiarostami would hone-in on later, and a handful which remain unique to The Traveler.  In Review


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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