Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up has been named as one of the ‘The Greatest Films of All Time’ by the British film magazine Sight & Sound. The British film magazine Sight & Sound’s once-per-decade list of ‘The Greatest Films of All Time’ placed Kiarostami’s 1990 movie Close Up as the 42nd film in the history of cinema. The movie narrates the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, conning a family into believing they would star in his new film. While the movie released across Europe, it received great acclaims from the world renowned filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, and Nanni Moretti.
As a filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France. He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum. At the 2012 Sight & Sound edition of voting, Hitchcock’s moody thriller Vertigo displaced Orson Well’s Citizen Kane at the top spot it had held for the past five decades. Since 1952, Sight & Sound has polled film professionals to determine the greatest films of all time. Nearly 850 critics, programmers, academics and distributors voted for the 2012 poll. FGP/SS