Abbas Kiarostami, artist, poet, philosopher and moviemaker, has died after a battle with gastrointestinal cancer. In 2005 he featured in a special Eastern Art Report tribute, Abbas Kiarostami in Eastern Art Report.
One of Kiarostami’s most celebrated works, the 1997 film Taste of Cherry, was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.
“Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” the semi-official Isna news agency reported on Monday. He was 76. Only recently (March 2016) Kiarostami was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer and sought treatment in Iran and abroad, including a series of operations conducted in France.