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Close-Up (1990)

Nema-ye Nazdik (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 30 October 1991 (France)
The true story of Hossain Sabzian, a cinephile who impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossain Sabzian ... Self
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Self
Abolfazl Ahankhah Abolfazl Ahankhah ... Self
Mehrdad Ahankhah Mehrdad Ahankhah ... Self
Monoochehr Ahankhah Monoochehr Ahankhah ... Self
Mahrokh Ahankhah Mahrokh Ahankhah ... Self
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi ... Self
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni ... Family Friend
Hossain Farazmand Hossain Farazmand ... Reporter
Hooshang Shamaei Hooshang Shamaei ... Taxi Driver
Mohammad Ali Barrati Mohammad Ali Barrati ... Soldier
Davood Goodarzi Davood Goodarzi ... Sergeant
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi ... Judge
Hassan Komaili Hassan Komaili ... Court Recorder
Davood Mohabbat Davood Mohabbat ... Court Recorder
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Storyline

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of Safdie Brothers's five favorite films of all time. See more »

Goofs

When Sabzian and Makhmalbaf meet, there is a bundle in Sabzian's hand. He gets on the motorbike with the bundle in his hand. Later on, during their ride on the motorbike, the bundle is not there any more. See more »

Crazy Credits

The film's title doesn't appear on screen until almost sixteen minutes into the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Opening Night of Close-Up (1996) See more »

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Cinema so fresh, you can taste the difference
19 May 2000 | by n1016679See all my reviews

Truly the best, freshest, most truly independent cinema is coming from Iran - or at least was in the nineties. Time will tell. My favourite is "Salaam Cinema", a film I would love to see again. This film, from Iran's Goddard (I spose you'd call him) Abbas Kiarostami is in the docu-drama tradition. It uses the real people who took part in the real events portrayed in the movie, it uses a documentary style, but it is a film - not a documentary. I feel you could add, but is it not a documentary? Because at times, you just don't know. A truly great film because it really sucks you in, time passes, I have no idea how long it ran because it was over too soon. Magic!


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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

30 October 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Close-Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,670, 2 January 2000

Gross USA:

$2,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (2K restored version) (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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