Nicholas Olson

Certified Copy and the Tension between Fidelity and Authenticity

The Filmwell landscape is well populated with Certified Copy posts (like the wonderful meditations found here and here). And it seems appropriate that this film is considered and reconsidered at this site. As a new contributing writer, I almost feel as if offering a post on this Kiarostami is like a rite of passage into […]

Mike Hertenstein

Certified Copy: Kiarostami and the Real Thing

FLATLAND IS A 19TH CENTURY inter-dimensional head-trip, still popular with math and computer geeks, a fantasy of a two-dimensional being whose mind is blown by his encounters with other dimensions.  (Among other things, he discovers that the elite of his own world knew about the existence of a third-dimension, but hid that knowledge from the […]

M. Leary

Certified Copy (Kiarostami, 2011)

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” (David Foster Wallace)   It is hard to witness the simple acrobatics of Certified Copy and […]