THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES
Starring: Hossein Rezai, Mohamed All
Keshavaiz, Farhad Kheradm,
Zarifeh Shiva, & Tahereh
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Distributor: Miramax & Samuel Goldwyn Co.
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
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Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami, the dean of Iranian filmmaking, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES is Iran's entry in the Best Foreign Film category for the upcoming Academy Awards. The filmmaker has the curious habit of pulling his stories from his own movie-making experiences, and this one is based on a film he made in an earthquake-destroyed part of Iran. Consequently, this film has a curious documentary quality, although it contains a great deal of fun playing with true reality and film reality. Western audiences will miss certain points because some of the plot depends on knowledge of contemporary Iran. Even so, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES is a charming but slow film that will intrigue patient filmgoers.