“I’ve often noticed that we are unable to look at what we have in front of us unless it is within a frame” begins this elegant and elegiac final work from the late master of cinema, Abbas Kiarostami.

Originally developed as a challenge to himself to bridge his two most celebrated media, photography and film, Kiarostami has created a filmic dialogue between the two passions of his creative life. Beginning with the idea of capturing an image directly before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami sets out 24 separate still images before digitally animating them to produce four and a half minute studies on movement and perception. The natural imagery of birds, animals and landscapes combined with the film’s monochromatic palette give a deep sense of mortality, in this delicate but profound study of cinematic time.


Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema.
...gorgeous and enigmatic. Watching it is akin to opening a series of nesting dolls, or leafing through a book of dreams.