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Arguably the major figure of post-revolutionary Iranian cinema, Abbas Kiarostami began making films in the 1970s as the head of a film unit operated by a cultural institute for the intellectual advancement of young people—work that established his great affinity for working with children and nonprofessional actors. His international breakthrough came in 1987 with Where Is the Friend’s Home?, the start of a stunning trilogy set in the northern Iranian village of Koker in which each film reflects back on the previous one through the self-reflexive prism of cinema. A master of playful Pirandellian narratives and at blurring the line between reality and fiction, Kiarostami has since gone on to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes (for 1997’s Taste of Cherry, the first Iranian film so honored) and to expand his artistic horizons with acclaimed work in the fields of photography and video art. As he comes to NYFF with his latest feature, the Japan-set Like Someone in Love, Kiarostami will discuss his remarkable career in conversation with author and past NYFF selection committee member Phillip Lopate.