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The Wind Will Carry Us

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The Wind Will Carry Us
A motorbike heading away on a dirt road
Directed byAbbas Kiarostami
Written byAbbas Kiarostami
Produced byAbbas Kiarostami
StarringBehzad Dorani
CinematographyMahmoud Kalari
Distributed byNew Yorker Films (USA)
Release date
Running time
118 minutes

The Wind Will Carry Us (Persian: باد ما را خواهد برد, Bād mā rā khāhad bord) is a 1999 Iranian film written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami. The title is a reference to a poem written by the modern Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad. In the film, a journalist posing as a city engineer arrives in a Kurdish village to document the locals' mourning rituals that anticipate the death of an old woman. However, she remains alive, and the journalist is forced to slow down and appreciate the lifestyle of the village.

The Wind Will Carry Us received positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 56th Venice International Film Festival. It won the Grand Special Jury Prize (Silver Lion), the FIPRESCI Prize, and the CinemAvvenire award at the festival. It received numerous other nominations and awards as well.[citation needed]




The Wind Will Carry Us opened to critical acclaim. In a positive review, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote, "This ambiguous comic masterpiece could be Abbas Kiarostami's greatest film to date; it's undoubtedly his richest and most challenging... You have to become friends with this movie before it opens up, but then its bounty is endless."[citation needed] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Sean Axmaker called it "a celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime."[citation needed] Michael Atkinson, after seeing the film in the first days of the year 2000, said, "[This is] the best film we'll see this year." [citation needed] J. Hoberman wrote, "It's part of the movie's formal brilliance that, suddenly, during its final 10 minutes, too much seems to be happening. The Wind Will Carry Us is a film about nothing and everything — life, death, the quality of light on dusty hills."[citation needed] On review aggregator Metacritic, the film has a score of 86/100 based on 19 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[1] On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% approval rating based on 31 reviews.[2]


The Wind Will Carry Us was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics. After its screening at the 56th Venice International Film Festival, the film remained unreleased in the United States until 2000; later it enjoyed a rediscovery among both the public and mainstream critics during the late 2000s after many critics named it one of the best films of that decade.[citation needed] Variety's Scott Foundas placed it ahead of Peter Watkins' La Commune (Paris, 1871) and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, writing:

"Screened in festivals in 1999, but not released in the US until the following year, this fin de siècle/millennium fable by the great Iranian auteur seemed to anticipate many of the dramatic changes that would sweep through filmmaking over the decade to come. In it, an engineer (who turns out to be a kind of filmmaker) travels to a remote Kurdish village with the intent of photographing the funeral rites of a dying 100-year-old woman, and the witty, haunting, poetic film that follows is about his—and Kiarostami's own—struggle to complete that mission, to capture something of real life on film without violating its essence. Kiarostami himself has not worked on a film since, preferring the more portable and less invasive technology of video. Call it the first true movie of the digital revolution."[3]

In a 2012 poll by the British Film Institute, seven critics ranked The Wind Will Carry Us one of their 10 favorite films.[4]


  1. ^ "The Wind Will Carry Us Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  2. ^ "The Wind Will Carry Us (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  3. ^ Best movies of the decade. Miami New Times (24 December 2009). Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  4. ^ "Wind Will Carry Us, The (1999)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2015.

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