Thousands in Iran attend funeral of film director Kiarostami

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Posted: Jul 10, 2016 6:58 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Thousands of Iranians are attending the funeral ceremony of the acclaimed Iranian film director, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76.

Officials, artists and film lovers gathered Sunday to say goodbye to Kiarostami at the Center for the Intellectual Education of Children, where he began his film-making career some 40 years ago.

He was later buried in a private ceremony in northern Tehran.

His death was mourned by many in Iran. President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued messages of condolence and hundreds of people lit candles for him at Tehran Cinema Museum.

Kiarostami wrote and directed dozens of films. His 1997 film "Taste of Cherry" won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.