The creative boldness of Kiarostami's work is matched by a structural precision that is virtually unparalleled in modern-day cinema. Elena's retrospective shows exactly how this most Iranian of directors has also come to assume a place in the pantheon of international cinema.
Alberto Elena teaches film history at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. The editor of Secuencias, Revista de Historia del Cine, he has organised various film retrospectives and participated as a member of the jury at different international film festivals. In addition to his contributions to numerous periodicals, his publications include Cine e Islam, Satyajit Ray, Ciencia, cine e historia: de Melies a 2001 and The Cinema of Latin America.