Nema-ye Nazdik / Close-Up (1990) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
Close-Up is the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a poor, underemployed, divorced, father of two. He is obsessed with the cinema. A fan of Makhmalbaf films, Sabzian had a chance encounter with a well-to-do woman named Mrs. Ahankhah during which he persuaded her that he was Makhmalbaf. Soon Sabzian, posing as Makhmalbaf, wangled a visit to the lovely, well-furnished home of Mr. and Mrs. Ahankhah and told them it was an ideal location for his next film. He started rehearsals with their adult son and borrowed a modest amount of money from them. But within a few days, the Ahankhah family realized Sabzian was an impostor and had him arrested.
A journalist wrote a column about the incident that was read by Kiarostami. The director quickly put together a crew and set about to film the trial as well as restage some of the events. The re-enactments were done with a twist: Sabzian, the Ahankhahs, and the others involved played themselves.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:37:53 | 7.70 Gb + 5.92 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah
Country: Iran

• Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami
• The Traveler, director Abbas Kiarostami's first feature (1:13:25)
• "Close-up" Long Shot, a documentary on Close-up's central figure, Hossein Sabzian, six years after the film (45 minutes)
• New video interview with Kiarostami (27:27)
• A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akrami

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