"A Taste of Cherry" continues international film series

A Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami’s Palme d’Or-winning film about a desperate middle-age man who has decided to end his life, will be shown Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in Room 105 of the Olin Arts Center. Admission is $5 for the film, sponsored by L/A Arts and the Bates Filmboard. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling L/A Arts at 207-782-7228 or 800-639-2919.

In Farsi with English subtitles, A Taste of Cherry follows Mr. Badii, who drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran in search of someone who will bury him if he succeeds in suicide or rescue him if he fails. He meets an assortment of characters including Afghans, Kurds, Turks, prisoners of the desert, a soldier, a seminary student and a museum employee, all of whom turn down his request.

“Kiarostami, like no other filmmaker, has a vision of human scale that is simultaneously epic and precisely minuscule,” said Stephen Holden of The New York Times.

A Taste of Cherry is the second of seven films in the 1998-99 International Film Series. Next in the series will be La Promesse, in French with English subtitles, directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. in Room 105 of the Olin Arts Center.

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