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Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.

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Special Features * New, restored high-definition digital transfer * Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami * The Traveler, director Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature * “Close-up” Long Shot, a documentary on Close-up’s central figure, Hossein Sabzian, six years after the film * New video interview with Kiarostami * A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akrami * New and improved English subtitle translation * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire

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