• Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

  • Iran/France, 2002, 94min, 35mm

  • Cast: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher

After dismantling the boundaries between fiction and documentary throughout his career, in Ten Kiarostami turns to the structure of storytelling itself. Entirely set within a car, the film is split into ten scenes – each showing a conversation between a middle-class female driver (Mania Akbari) and her passengers. Her dialogues with passengers including her young son, a bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer, reveal deep truths about the role of women in contemporary Iranian society. Highly improvised, the film is simultaneously naturalistic and powerful.

2002 Cannes Film Festival, In Competition

Further reading:
Ten, From The 27th Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogue (The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, 2003)



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