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An Open Window: Víctor Erice

Thursday, July 30, 2015
7:30 p.m. Víctor Erice-Abbas Kiarostami: Correspondences
Víctor Erice (Spain/Iran, 2005–07)

In Conversation/Víctor Erice and Richard Peña


Created for an innovative museum exhibition in Barcelona and Paris that paired the works of filmmakers Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami, Correspondences is composed of ten “filmed letters” between the two great masters. As in their other films, children, imagination, and the creative process take center stage; in one, the young grandchildren of the painter from Erice’s The Quince Tree Sun show off their own unique styles, while in another nine-year-olds in a rural Spanish classroom watch Kiarostami’s Where is the Friend’s Home? Kiarostami follows an “escaped quince” from the Spanish film to a neighborhood in Iran, and plays with artistic perspective in another. “Modern messages in a bottle” (Miguel Marias), these not-so-simple video letters recognize no international stamps or borders, only the artistic and personal links between individuals.


—Jason Sanders

• Written by Erice, Kiarostami. (97 mins, In Spanish and Farsi with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta, From Nautilus Films)