GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
May 1997: Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry wins the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

The Palme d'Or is the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival. When Taste of Cherry is named best film, Kiarostami becomes the first Iranian director ever to receive the prestigious award.

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NPR reports on Taste of Cherry, a film by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. The movie shared the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.

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NPR profiles Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Given the latest news from Iran, Kiarostami offers some surprising insights into the government's impact on the arts.