Film - Feature | August 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A preteen delinquent, charmingly unencumbered by either reality or morality, sets off on a miniature Odyssey to see a soccer match in Kiarostamis first full-length feature, which recalls Truffauts The 400 Blows in youthful tenderness and toughness. Ten years old and dreaming, the soccer fanatic Qassem is determined to travel to Tehran to see his favorite team, and certainly wont let a few tiny obstacles (like age, distance, money, or adults) stand in his way. Through improvised performances in real-life situations, and a poets feel for the heartbreak of youth, Kiarostami views the travels, travails, and frequent scams of this pint-sized Odysseus with nonjudgmental precision and heartfelt compassion, setting the stage for a bittersweet ending to the film, and a remarkable beginning to a film career.
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