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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1980 - 26 July.3 August

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Category: Edition 1980

A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Original Title MOSSAFER
Category Official Competition
Section Official Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 83'
Production Year 1974
Nationality Iran
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Screenplay Abbas Kiarostami, Hassan Rafi'i
Main cast Hassan Darabi, Masud Zandbegleh, Mostafa Tari

 regista Abbas KiarostamiABBAS KIAROSTAMI

Abbas Kiarostami (Teheran, 22 June 1940) is an Iranian director, screenwriter, editor, poet, photographer, painter and sculptor.
Born in Teheran, Iran, after winning a painting award at the age of eighteen, he graduated from the University of Fine Arts in his city and before embarking on a career as a director, worked as a graphic designer in advertising and illustration of children's books. The latter will in fact become almost constant protagonists of many of his films and the delicacy and respect used by Kiarostami in directing them, will become almost his trademark.
In the mid-sixties, more than 150 commercials for state television turned from an advertising graphic designer. Despite the various vicissitudes experienced by his country, including the '79 revolution, he still decides to stay in Iran and, after over thirty, decides to undertake a film career. He reworked and modified many of his films according to the new rules of censorship of the Khomeini regime; his beginnings, and more generally his entire production, mostly concern short films inspired by the Italian Neorealist cinema.
His first feature film is entitled The Traveler, shot in 1974, where the protagonist, a young teenager, tries in every way to get a ticket to see the national team match in Tehran at the stadium. He has also published books of poetry that recall the Japanese haiku in the structure, they are poems of few verses and without rhyme. In them it often represents everyday life, small fragments of normality looked at with the amazement of a child.