"The must-see Iranian Godardian knot of a movie, Close-Up... has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant. Like nearly every other Kiarostami film, Close-Up takes questions about movies and makes them feel like questions of life, death, and meaning. He makes movies as if they were the manifest vapor trails of human need, hanging in the air even as we search"
The Seventh Art Stand is an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. In May 2017, participating movie theaters and community centers across the US will show films from the countries affected by Islamophobia and the proposed travel ban. The Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) joins US theaters in this coalitional effort to elevate the cinemas and stories of friends and fellow filmmakers abroad.
Anthology Film Archives will screen at least one film from each of the seven countries on the proposed travel ban, including special screenings of Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up, in memory of a giant of world cinema who sadly passed away in July.