Editor’s note: With the death of renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
over the weekend, IndieWire has been reaching out to some of his friends and collaborators to reflect on his significance. The following thoughts from fellow Iranian director Jafar Panahi
— who is currently restricted to traveling within the country and banned from filmmaking by his government — were provided to IndieWire by way of journalist and translator Jamsheed Akrami
. Panahi’s most recent film, “Taxi
,” was released last year.
Mr. Kiarostami, My Teacher
My most vivid recollection of all the years I spent with Mr. Kiarostami is probably the first one. As an aspiring filmmaker, I desperately wanted to work with him. When I learned he was in preproduction for “Through the Olive Trees
,” I just picked up the phone and left him a message saying that I was a film graduate employed by the Iranian Television and was interested