A Palme d'Or winning filmmaker, Kiarostami, died in Paris. He had been receiving treatment for gastrointestinal cancer and had travelled to France for a series of operations.
Often applying a non-narrative and experimental approach, the poetic and highly visual filmmaker was revered by cineastes around the world.
Internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Mira Nair tweeted:
Rest in peace and beauty and complexity you brought to the world with your unforgettable cinema, Abbas kiarostami https://t.co/K5mKiH4Coi? Mira Nair (@MiraPagliNair) July 5, 2016
Oscar winning sound musician Resul Pookutty shared this:
One of our contemporary master film maker Abbas Kairostami has left the stage; your place will never be filled RIP:https://t.co/aNQM0PM0ED? resul pookutty (@resulp) July 4, 2016
Born in Tehran, Kiarostami started the film department at Kanun, Iran's Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. He made his first film, Bread and Alley while running the institute.
He first made an impression outside his home country with the Koker trilogy including Where is the Friend's Home?, Life, and Nothing More... and Through the Olive Trees. He also wrote and produced Jafar Panahi's directing debut The White Balloon. Taste of Cherry was his seventh feature and shared the Cannes prize with Shohei Imamura's The Eel.
India's National Award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said:
The world of Cinema has lost a true Cinematic genius Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami . RIP pic.twitter.com/PDEo2luDZL? Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) July 4, 2016
Filmmakers Hansal Mehta, Sudhir Mishra and Neeraj Ghaywan also expressed their condolences.
Abbas Kiraostami leaves before the end of a blood soaked Ramzan. RIP master.? Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) July 5, 2016
A terrible year ! One of the greats has gone ! https://t.co/z6LHaH8hKE? Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) July 4, 2016
So long, Abbas Kiarostami.? Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) July 5, 2016
The wind will carry us,
A wing will carry you. pic.twitter.com/n91pg37BLJ
Actors Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rahul Bose and Nandita Das also mourned the filmmaker's death.
Can't believe that Abbas Kiarostami is no more wd us n we hv lst a real lgnd.d industry wl nvr gt a man like https://t.co/2JvvDwFBgK? Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) July 5, 2016
One of the greats of our time. #AbbasKiarostami? Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 5, 2016
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