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Movie Natters: December 19, 2007 Archive

Movies and architecture: branches of the same tree?

Posted at 4:53 PM on December 19, 2007 by Euan Kerr

I spent the day working up the tape from my chat with Homayoun Ershadi, one of the stars of "The Kite Runner" which opens locally this weekend.

Ershadi was an architect for 25 years until he was spotted, sitting in his car at a traffic light in Teheran, by director Abbas Kiarostami. He asked Ershadi to star in "Taste of Cherry," the story of a man who wants to kill himself, but needs someone who will bury him in the grave he has already dug in the hills above Teheran.

The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, and Ershadi set aside his work as an architect.

When we talked I was reminded of interviewing Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy about her book "The God of Small Things." She was trained as an architect but had become a film maker in India. She claimed that the two media were very similar.

Ershadi agreed.

"Architecture talks about the volume (of a building,) about the lights, about these thigs which you find in a movie too. So if you are familiar with those things it helps you when you shoot a movie," he said.

All being well we'll have the feature with him on the air Friday morning.

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