Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

10 2002

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

France / Iran In Farsi with English subtitles
94 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay, Photography, Editor


Marin Karmitz
Abbas Kiarostami


Howard Blake


Mania Akbari
Amin Maher
Roya Arabshahi
Katayoun Taleidzadeh
Mandana Sharbaf
Amene Moradi


Cannes (In Competition), Edinburgh, Toronto, New York, Vancouver 2002; Rotterdam 2003


Abbas Kiarostami’s10 takes place entirely in a car moving through the busy streets of Tehran. Shot with a compact digital camera fixed to the dashboard, it consists simply of conversations between the driver, a striking woman in raffish headscarf and dark glasses, and her passengers. The technique may be minimalist, but the film feels as busy as the streets – and as packed with dramatic evidence of a society in the throes of change. It opens with a blazing tirade from a 10-year-old boy whose brazen contempt for his divorcee mother (at the driving wheel) bespeaks a culture dense with male privilege. After she’s deposited the boy at his soccer match, we see her with her sister and with various hitchhikers including a remarkably frank sex worker. As the interactions progress, a clear and fascinating picture of the driver emerges.

“Riveting… If you’re weary of all the rhetoric about digital video opening up a new snappy, zappy, no-budget cinema, Kiarostami’s film will come as a revelation of starker, simpler, richer possibilities.” — Jonathan Romney, The Independent