As the '90s drew to a close and film critics named the greatest directors of the decade, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES) topped many a short list. It's not hard to see why: Kiarostami's films are smart, slow moving,
beautifully shot and tantalizingly self-reflexive. By those standards alone, Kiarostami's most recent film can only further his reputation among cineastes. A man claiming to be an engineer (Bhezad Dourani) but who, like many Kiarostami heroes, is probably really a filmmaker, arrives in a remote
village in Iranian Kurdistan in anticipation of a mysterious event that may not ever occur. Just what that event ent...