WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE?
The first of Abbas Kiarostami's films to gain significant attention outside of his home country, WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? follows Ahmed, a young boy on a mission to return a notebook to his classmate after he takes it home by mistake. The students' fiery teacher has decreed that homework must always be done in the same book, and Ahmed is desperate to save his friend from being expelled. Escaping his mother's eagle eye, Ahmed sets out for the neighboring village, only remembering en route that he doesn't quite know where his classmate lives. Along with AND LIFE GOES ON and THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES, WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? became part of Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy, a Russian doll-like series of subtly intersecting narratives set in and around the rural village of Koker, before and after the colossal earthquake which hit northern Iran in 1990. DIR/SCR Abbas Kiarostami; PROD Ali Reza Zarrin. Iran, 1987, color, 83 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.