Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Wind Will Carry Us

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Cohen Media

The Wind Will Carry Us movie sceneThe great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s (Certified Copy) acclaimed 1999 drama The Wind Will Carry Us arrives as a digitally remastered release on Blu-ray and DVD, an “acknowledgement” of the film’s 15th anniversary that marks its Blu-ray debut.

The Wind Will Carry Us film follows the changes in the daily routines of the inhabitants of a mountain village after a small group of outsiders arrives, claiming to be “communication engineers.” As the deceptive story unfolds, we learn that the mysterious strangers are on a secret mission: They are a television crew sent from Tehran to await the death of an old woman in order to cover the funeral practices of the village. But the village operates on its own schedule, forcing the TV crew to remain much longer than planned. The leader of the crew (Behzad Dorani) winds up spending much of his time adjusting to this strange place, becoming acquainted with its unique residents – and finding himself torn between wanting the old woman to die so he can finish his project and go home and hoping for her recovery.

The winner of both the Grand Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1999 Venice Film Festival, The Wind Will Carry Us, along with Kiarostami’s other Nineties productions (Close-Up, Through the Olive Trees and Taste of Cherry) helped put modern Iranian cinema on the map.

Presented in Farsi with English subtitles, the Blu-ray and DVD of the film each contain the following  bonus features:

-A filmed conversation between Kiarostami and New York Film Festival director Richard Peña
-A feature-length audio commentary by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and scholar Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
-A new essay by critic Peter Tonguette
-2014 rerelease trailer


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