Through the Olive Trees

Synopsis: The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Abbas Kiarostami
Production: Artificial Eye
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

I'm Mohamed Ali Keshavarz,

the actor who plays the director.

The other actors

were hired on location.

We're in Koker,

about 400 kilometers

no, 350 kilometers

north of Teheran,

where an earthquake

destroyed everything last year

The girls are hungry,

they've still got a long way to go.

Can we speed it up a bit?

We have come to this rebuilt school

to choose a young actress.

I'm sorry, I'm late.

What's your name?

Mehri Ziai

- What's your name?

- Sima Ali Mohammadi

- What?

- Sima Ali Mohammadi

- And you?

- Lela Naghipour.

- You, what's your name?

- Tahereh Ladanian.

Mrs. Shiva,

note down this girl's address.

- Your address?

- Near the Lakeh bazaar.

- Your name?

- Tahereh Ladanian

- Your address

Near the Lakeh bazaar.

- You, what's your name?

- Fariba Jafari

- What class?

- Mrs. Shiva, note down her name too.

- And you?

- Nazila Khadem

Mrs. Shiva, note her name.

- Your address?

- I haven't got a real address

But where do you live?

Rostam-Abbad, in Jalalye.

It's cold.

What's your name?

Zinat Hassanpour

You're all out of line!

Where will you show it?

You're filming us...

Oh, what does it matter?

You won't show it.

- You mean, on TV?

- Yes

You're right.

But is that any reason

not to film?

Aren't you going to show it to us?

Your last film went out on Channel 2,

which we can't get here. Why bother?

What do you say?

Do we film or not?

We film!

We film!

But you'll have to show it!

Yes, you'll have to show it!

- What's your name again?

- Tahereh.

Tahereh what?


Mrs. Shiva, note her name too.

Say your name again.

Your address?

You, what's your name?

Zahra Djenab.

- From where?

- Rostam-Abbad.

- How old are you?

- 15.

Mrs. Shiva, note down her name.

- Your name?

- Zahra Dejnab.

- Your address?

- Rostam-Abbad, in Koker.

Through the Olive Trees

a film directed by

Abbas Kiarostami

Starring Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz

Farhad Kheradmand Zanifah Shefd

Hossein Rezai Tahereh

Ladanian and Mahhanon Darabi

Title design:
Farshid Masghali

Ali-Reza Ansarian

Assistant Director: Djafar Panahi

Guiti Khammal

Changiz Sayyad

Sound engineers:
Mahmoud Samakbashi

Yadollah Najafi and Hossein Moradi

Director of photography:

Hossein Djafarian

Written, produced and directed by:


Historical calendar:

Today is Sunday

year 1372 in the solar Hegira

or the 8th in the month of Zihadjeh,

year 1413 in the lunar Hegira

or also May 30, 1993.

on a day like this,

in year 60...

- Hello

- Hello

- Are you well?

- Yes, thank you.

Were you going on foot?

I'd given up waiting for you,

so I started walking

to catch up with the minibus.

We worked late last night

and it was hard getting up.

This is what you asked for.


Yes, but not the chalk you wanted.

This was made by the students.

They didn't sift it very well.

There may be small stones in it.

If it doesn't write well,

break it in two

and you will find it will work better.

You will find some at the school,

perhaps better quality too.

We're not going to school.

Why do you need chalk then?

For the clapboard.

What's that?

It's used to identify shots.

We write on it

like on a blackboard.

I see,

a board for the shooting.

I remember I saw one on the set

of "Where is My Friend's House?"

I remember,

you were very good in that film.

That's kind of you!

I played the part of the teacher.

You were perfect in the part.

Oh, it's a part I play every day,

I am a teacher!

I have a favour to ask of you...

Excuse me, ma'am,

could you catch up with the minibus?

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Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎ [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] ( listen); 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively. Kiarostami had worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and had designed credit titles and publicity material. He was also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He was part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Bahram Beyzai, Nasser Taghvai, Ali Hatami, Masoud Kimiai, Dariush Mehrjui, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Parviz Kimiavi. These filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialogue and allegorical storytelling dealing with political and philosophical issues.Kiarostami had a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras. He is also known for his use of Persian poetry in the dialogue, titles, and themes of his films. Kiarostami's films contain a notable degree of ambiguity, an unusual mixture of simplicity and complexity, and often a mix of fictional and documentary elements. The concepts of change and continuity, in addition to the themes of life and death, play a major role in Kiarostami's works. more…

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