The late Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami will be honored by the Writers Guild of America next month for a career that includes the films “Taste of Cherry,” “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Close- Up,” the guild announced Monday.
Kiarostami will be posthumously honored with the guild’s 2017 Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement. The award honors an international writer “who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.”
Kiarostami’s son, Ahmad, will accept the award on his father’s behalf during the WGA Awards ceremony Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Abbas Kiarostami died in July.
“Abbas Kiarostami was, as Martin Scorsese put it, `one of those rare artists with a special knowledge of the world,”‘ WGA, West President Howard A. Rodman said. “As a founding father of the New Iranian Cinema, Kiarostami navigated tricky political and cultural terrains with courage and grace.
Yet the impact of his work — and his life — is felt far outside the borders of his native land,” he said. “Kiarostami’s films were fiction, were documentary, were transcendent. He expanded cinematic narrative for all of us, even as he raised the rhythms of ordinary life to the level of high art.”
Despite his death, Kiarostami’s last film, “24 Frames,” is still in post-production and will be screened at film festivals later this year. He also has a pair of photo exhibitions that will make the rounds of various museums this year and next, according to the WGA.
—City News Service