Close-Up

1990, 98m, 35mm, Iran

In Kiarostami’s contemplative dive into the very notion of “based on a true story,” the filmmaker reconvened all of the nonactor principals to re-enact their curious shared history of a bizarre deception. Playing themselves, a family is courted by director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to appear in his movie—except that it isn’t Makhmalbaf at all, but rather unemployed film buff Hossain Sabzian, whom the family would later take to court. (That’s Me Up There! The Singular Art of Playing Yourself)

In Farsi with English subtitles

A film by Abbas Kiarostami