Close Up | Nemā-ye nazdīk (1990): “..I’m a cinephile just like the main character..”

Close Up | nemā-ye nazdīk

“I’m a filmmaker so I there are too many films that I like. I freaking love Close Up | Nemā-ye nazdīk (1990), which is an Iranian film by Abbas Kiarostami. The story is about cinephile Hossain Sabzian who impersonated an Iranian filmmaker named Mohsen Makhmalbaf and who tricked a family that they would star in his movie. This film ingenious to me. I’m a cinephile just like the main character. For example, I love the amazing works of Japanese film director and animator Masaaki Yuasa and I also like older films like Citizen Kane (1941) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). All these films are all inside of my universe of thinking and they are the stories that I have in my mind. These films either inspire me, feel like the type of films that I want to make or they look like I would like to do in the future.”

“I can totally sympathize with the main character of Close Up | Nemā-ye nazdīk (1990) as wishes to becoming like the filmmaker he idolizes. Becoming a filmmaker myself was is part of a journey that started when I was a kid. As a kid, many crazy ideas would come to my head, but I needed more tools to visualize what these ideas were. This journey started for me with drawing and that made me want to study Fine Arts. Followed by my studies in Graphic design and the last studies that I finished was filmmaking. I feel like I’m a forever student. Even though I am currently working as a filmmaker I still want to continue to expand my set of tools through studying. I think the next level might be in studying game design. I mean it has a lot of what cinema has, but in games, the audience gets to make decisions in your story. Eventually, I prefer to express myself through multiple ways. Whether it’s through drawing, performances, movies. Games, virtual reality or all combined. The world that we live in right now is super transmedial which is the interdisciplinary future. In the meantime, I’ll continue making films, but I love to daydream about what my next step is going to be.” – Yimit Ramirez

Photo and story by Feargal Agard.