NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema, offers its deepest condolences to the Iranian film community on the loss of one of Asia's giant cinematic visionaries. The outpouring of grief outside the Iranian borders at this loss has been overwhelming and sincere – and we, NETPAC board and members, join you in mourning the loss of a great man. His intellect was big and, as we all know, went beyond film. So much has been written about his films. We need not add more. Who did not admire his photography? Or love his Haiku?
Many of us at NETPAC also knew the man. And we all have our stories. Elegant, in the real sense of the word. Reserved, yes. Generous, also. In the extreme. He was always generous in his support of foreign film scholars and programmers. But more importantly, we all witnessed his support of new and indie filmmakers. And how many films carry a credit to his generous sharing of stories … We are all the richer for this.
Praise is easily given with the passing of a life. But in the case of Abbas Kiarostami, we all know the real loss to Iranian and world cinema. And our thoughts are with you. He will be forever remembered – and forever missed.