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TO FEBRUARY 28
Arriving with an endorsement from no less than Akira Kurosawa, the films of Abbas Kiarostomi are the most celebrated in the contemporary Iranian cinema. Made with nonprofessional actors, Where Is My Friend’s Home? (pictured, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 2 p.m.), And Life Goes On… (Feb. 16, 8:15 p.m.; Feb. 18, 3:45 p.m.), and Through the Olive Trees (Feb. 17, 8:15 p.m.; Feb. 18, 5:45 p.m.) are interlocking films that have been praised for their simplicity, yet treat the role of the auteur with a self-consciousness that has been deemed Pirandellian. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6. (202) 785-4601. (Mark Jenkins)