New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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Taste of Cherry
(Ta'm E Guilass)

December 11, 1998 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Iran, 1997, 95 minutes, color, 35 mm)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Starring Homayon Ershadi, Abdolrahman Pagheri
In Arabic and Persian with English subtitles

Taste of Cherry follows a middle-aged man as he drives around Tehran and vicinity seeking someone to bury his body after he takes his own life. In the course of his travels he meets a wonderful assortment of undertaker-candidates who engage him in conversation about the value of life. The film, by Iran's leading director, received the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997.