Mosafer (The Traveler). 1974. Iran. Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami. With Masoud Zandbegleh, Hassan Darabi, Mostafa Tari. DCP. In Persian; English subtitles. 71 min.
The Traveler, Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature film, is a suspenseful, ceaselessly charming tale about a young boy’s determination to travel from his small town to the big city of Tehran for a national football match. The film bears all the hallmarks of classic Kiarostami: a neorealist fascination with nonprofessional actors (all of them brilliant here), authentic locales, and the timeless theme of innocence and experience.