24 Frames

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died in 2016 at age 76, often employed tricky or complicated methods to arrive at results that appeared simple. For most of the conversations in Taste of Cherry (1997), he interviewed the participants separately, then edited their responses together to create the illusion of free-flowing dialogue. For his experimental feature Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003), he digitally composited multiple shots to create the illusion of individual, unbroken takes. 24 Frames (2017), his final (and posthumously completed) work, comprises a series of four-and-a-half-minute sequences in which paintings and photographs appear to come to life; the director achieved this effect by digitally inserting moving figures into still images. As in Five, it often seems as though nothing is happening—humans rarely enter into the images, which center on animals, weather, and natural landscapes. You wonder if Kiarostami simply set up his camera in various locations and hit “record.” Continue reading>>