Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940 in Tehrān, Iran, and is known for experimenting with the boundaries between reality and fiction throughout a four-decade career. Best known as a film director, Kiarostami is also a screenwriter, a film producer, and a photographer but began his artistic career with painting. The artist participated in many festivals and received awards including the Federico Fellini Gold Medal (1997) from the UNESCO, the Akira Kurosawa Award (2000) and the Fellowship of the British Film Institute (2005). He won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999. He died in 2016 in Paris.