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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #25. Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere

24 Frames Before and After Lumiere

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami

We’ve been expecting an update on Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s mysterious Chinese project for some time now, and after a recent masterclass at this year’s Marrakech Film Festival, the director unveiled some news. The Chinese project, titled Walking in the Wind, he hopes to begin lensing in May, 2016 with a lead Iranian actress. But in the meantime, he’s completed a compilation project titled 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere, comprised of twenty-four four and a half minute films he’s been directing over the last three years.

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producers: NA

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) TBD (international).

Release Date: Kiarostami aims to have the film ready for mid-2016, so chances are high this may appear in some form at Cannes, perhaps as an out-of-competition selection.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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