|1940||Born on 22 June in Tehran, Iran|
|1958||Entered Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts|
|1960||Involved first in graphics and book illustration and then credit-titles and commercials|
|1968||Joined the Institute for the Intellectual Department of Children and Young Adults (Known as Kanun)
Founded the film department of Kanun
|1970||Directed his first film, Bread and Alley|
|1972-84||Directed 18 educational films at Kanun|
|1987||Where is the Friend’s Home?|
|1992||And Life Goes On...|
|1994||Through the Olive Trees|
|1997||Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival for Taste of Cherry|
|1999||Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival for The Wind Will Carry Us|
|2001||ABC Africa specially invited to the Cannes Film Festival|
|2003||FIVE Dedicated to Ozu|
|2016||Died July 4 in Paris|
Gallery Saka -October 19-30, 2004
Hakone Open Air Museum -November 6-December 12, 2004
The commemorative photo exhibition of Mr. Abbas Kiarostami’s works was held at Sakakura Junzo Memorial Gallery Saka in Akasaka, Tokyo from October 19 to 30.
Mr. Kiarostami is recognized internationally for film-making, but he is also known for beautiful photos of nature in his motherland Iran. In commemoration of his becoming a Praemium Imperiale laureate, the Japan Art Association chose 36 photos of mountain roads in Iran for exhibition.
The opening reception was held at 17:00 on October 19, and international advisors Dr. von Weizsäcker and Mr. Luers, were among the crowd that gathered to congratulate Mr. Kiarostami. The cinema director and photographer said, "I spend time taking photos every other week. Why roads? It is hard to explain."
The exhibition toured to Hakone Open-Air Museum from November 6 to December 12.
Recently when I pulled open a drawer I noticed I had taken quite a lot of photos of roads.
This reminded me that I put a scene of a road in the opening shot of The Wind Will Carry Us.
In Iranian poems, road has a deep meaning.
It means to go,to emigrate, to go from one point to another and so forth.
The road also has the meaning of parting sorrow, and arriving at a new place.
We, in our life, cross various roads, some are steep, some sloping.
Every road begins from a certain point and ends in another point.
And every road has its own stories, of the people who cross them to start another journey.
--- Abbas Kiarostami