Abbas Kiarostami returns to narrative form with 'Certified Copy'
Los Angeles Times / Mark Olsen

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami focuses on art and romance in 'Certified Copy.' He says shooting it outside of Iran was a form of protest.

Widely hailed as one of the world's most exciting filmmakers during the 1990s, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has spent most of the last decade seeming purposefully on the margins, making documentaries and experimental films. With "Certified Copy," which opened in Los Angeles and New York on Friday and will be available on cable video on demand March 23, he returns to narrative feature filmmaking while staking out bold new territory.

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