IBNA- A book by American film critic Godfrey Cheshire, ‘Conversations with Kiarostami’ which spans three decades of Iranian acclaimed filmmaker’s career has been translated into Persian and published.
The work which also bears the names of Jim Colvill as editor and Ahmad Kiarostami, the son of the filmmaker who wrote a foreword on the book, has been translated into Persian by Saleh Najafi and has been released by Lega Publishing in 301 pages and 1200 copies. Najafi has also conducted a separate interview with Kiarostami which dates back to 2008 and has been contained in the book.
‘Conversations with Kiarostami’ collects for the first time a far ranging series of interviews with the celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami by film critic, and Iranian cinema expert, Godfrey Cheshire. Conducted in the 1990s, these in-depth conversations offer a film-by-film account of Kiarostami’s views of his artistic development from his first short ‘Bread and Alley’ in 1970 to the 1999 feature ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’, covering his lesser known, and seldom written about, shorts from earlier in his career, along with the masterworks that made him world famous, such as the Koker Trilogy (‘Where Is the Friend’s House?’, ‘And Life Goes On’, ‘Through the Olive Trees’), ‘Close-Up’ and ‘Taste of Cherry’.
The book includes an introduction from Cheshire that contextualizes the interviews and discusses his relationship with the director. “During Godfrey’s several visits to Iran throughout a decade, he formed a relationship with my father that I had rarely seen him having with other writers. I believe this is because of Godfrey’s ability to go beyond the surface; his unique views and interpretations…It is well-known that Godfrey was one of the first people who introduced the Iranian cinema to America and, yet, there is no trace of the usual “exotic” approach…That is what you will find in this book: a refreshing conversation with Abbas that has substance, and is far from cliché.” - Ahmad Kiarostami, from his foreword.
Richard Brody in ‘The New Yorker’ points out: “For Kiarostami’s own overview of his early career, I’d recommend Conversations with Kiarostami by the critic and filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire.” The prestigious American film magazine, ‘Cineaste’ writes: “In many respects, ‘Conversations with Kiarostami’ is the best book yet published on the director.”