Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian writer-director whose “Taste of Cherry” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1997, died Monday in Paris at 76, according to the Associated Press.
Born in Tehran in 1940, Kiarostami studied painting at the University of Tehran before working as a graphic designer. Kiarostami made an early career of creating Iranian television commercials, eventually transitioning to making films for children.
Kiarostami stayed in Tehran through the Khomeini revolution, working within the boundaries set for him by censors.
“No film is apolitical....