Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and top officials have expressed their condolences over the sad demise of internationally-acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami.
President Rouhani said on his Twitter page on Tuesday that Kiarostami's "distinct and deep view to life and his invitation of humans to peace and friendship will be a lasting achievement” in cinema.
Kiarostami died on Monday in France where he had been receiving treatment for cancer. The 76-year-old award-winning scholar succumbed to a stroke in Paris few days after leaving Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said on his Twitter page that Iran has lost "a towering figure" in international cinema and expressed hope that the Almighty would receive him “in his infinite mercy.”
In the post, Zarif addressed the director as “ostad,” a term of respect used to refer to prominent artists.
Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati also expressed his condolences over Kiarostami’s demise, saying he gave a new meaning to cinema by creating innovative, exquisite and modern works.
In March 2016, Kiarostami was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer, following which he underwent a series of operations.
Kiarostami wrote and directed dozens of films over a career spanning more than four decades. In 1997, his film “Taste of Cherry” won the the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.
In his late years, Kiarostami started to travel the world, making "Certified Copy" in Italy and "Like Someone in Love" in Japan.
Referring to his travels, he said he was attempting to make a narrative about "universal characters that can be accessible to everyone."