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Acclaimed Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami Dies at 76

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami poses during the photocall of 'Like Someone in Love' in Rome, Italy on April 16, 2013.
Paradisi Alessia—Sipa USA/AP Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami poses during the photocall of 'Like Someone in Love' in Rome, Italy on April 16, 2013.

He wrote and directed dozens of films

(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s official news agency says acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami, whose 1997 film “Taste of Cherry” won the Palme d’Or, has died at the age of 76.

IRNA says Kiarostami died Monday in Paris, where he had gone for cancer treatment last week after undergoing surgery in Iran earlier this year.

He wrote and directed dozens of films over a career spanning more than 40 years. “Taste of Cherry,” which told the story of an Iranian man looking for someone to bury him after he commits suicide, won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kiarostami also wrote and directed “Certified Copy,” a 2010 film starring Juliette Binoche.

He was survived by two sons, Ahmad and Bahman Kiarostami, who work in multimedia and documentary film.

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