Rouhani, Zarif pay homage to acclaimed filmmaker Kiarostami

TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) – President Hassan Rouhani and FM Zarif have paid respect to award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, highly acclaimed figure in world cinema, who passed away at 76 on Monday.

In a tweet posted on his official Twitter account on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the ‘different’ and ‘deep’ vision of Abbas Kiarostami toward life, saying his calling on human beings toward ‘peace and friendship’ will remain as a lasting achievement in the film industry.

Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif also paid homage to the late Iranian filmmaker on his Twitter, expressing deep regret over the loss of ‘a towering figure in international cinema'; “May the Almighty receive him in His Infinite Mercy. Rest in peace ostad,” Zarif said in his tweet.

Considered one of the great masters of world cinema, Palme d'Or-Winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami passed away at 76 in Paris where he had been undergoing hospital treatment for cancer.

Kiarostami had been a highly influential figure in world cinema and the news of his death has rattled fellow filmmakers and audiences around the world. French President Francois Hollande was among the most notable figures who paid tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, hailing him as the filmmaker who has “profoundly marked the history of cinema."

American director Martin Scorsese also issued a statement in the wake of Kiarostami’s passing, describing him as “one of those rare artists with a special knowledge of the world.” “Put into words by the great Jean Renoir: ‘Reality is always magic.’ For me, that statement sums up Kiarostami’s extraordinary body of work,” he added. 

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