Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. 2002, 91 mins. 35mm. With Mania Akbari, Amin Maher. Shot with a dashboard digicam, Ten consists of ten conversations between a newly divorced female driver and a series of passengers. These intimate,sometimes banal discussions take on an unexpected poetry by unfolding on the streets of Tehran, in the midst of life. Kiarostami has called Ten a movie made without a director, relying on nonprofessional actors and substantial improvisation.
Preceded by C’est vrai! (One Hour)
Dir. Robert Frank. 1990, 60 mins. Digital projection. With Kevin O’Connor, Peter Orlovsky. C’est vrai (One Hour) is an hour-long single take of a trip through Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This (almost) spontaneous action “documentary” captures the goings-on of the neighborhood in real time but gradually gives the lie to its provocative title (“It’s Real”), betraying its elaborate choreography in a series of staged events. The film is a one-of-a-kind stunt, part street theater and part urban road movie.
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