Close Up

This fiction-documentary uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a multilayered investigation into cinema, identity, artistic creation and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With it’s universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, CLOSE-UP has resonated with viewers around the world. By creating this new space in film, in which the real and the constructed can play and interact freely, Kiarostami positions himself as a true master of cinema.