Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
August 2, 2010
Leave it Kiorostami
Who would you most enjoy having dinner with?
Sometimes, dreams do come true.
I once had dinner with Abbas Kiorostami, world reknown Iranian film producer. I sat next to him at a dinner party. Star struck perhaps, but not intimidated in the least.
We spoke, in my less than perfect farsi, about "Where is my friend's house?" and about "The taste of the Sour Cherry". As you can see my blog titles are inspired by his movie titles. I would rather say cinema.
Kiorostami is a maestro. One of the greatest cinematographers of the last thirty years. Film students probably study him. He began the wave of Iranian cinema.
Tonight, I saw his "Copie Conforme" with Juliette Binoche. He had spoken to me about their friendship and his desire to make a film with her when we sat at the dinner party a year ago in Dubai.
Leave it to Kiorostami to produce a theatrical film with two characters. A husband and wife in marital strain. Lengthy dialogue on art. Theory on art. Concepts on art. To keep us entertained beautiful Tuscany in the background. I must admit that had it not been for his signature photography that I would have lost the plot.
For Kiorostami is also a photographer. Till this day, his favorite subject matters are photos taken from a car. Often the windshield is wet with rain and all we can really perceive is a faintly wet street through a windshield. In this film, the reflections of the sunny windshield glowed on the preoccupied faces of the protagonists as they drove. We mainly saw them in their car and only catch glimpses of a few views of the beautiful Tuscan hills, conveying their inner feelings which prevent them from enjoying their beautiful surroundings.
Otherwise he takes photographs of desolate or vaste landscapes. Fields of wheat with a lonely tree. In the film he verbally celebrates the beauty of the cypress trees and refers to them as art. Otherwise his photographs are snowscapes flickered with black rooted trees. My desire is to own such a snowscape in Dubai because the view of it makes the room glacial. He says it in the film: "gardens of leaflessness." Leave it to Kiorostami.
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!