Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love

Like someone in love, Abbas Kiarostami 2012
Like someone in love, movie still, Abbas Kiarostami 2012

Date: 7 December

SEA Foundation
Screening and
conversation programme

Screening #1
Like Someone in Love

Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami
1:49 mins

Venue: SEA Foundation
Start: 9 pm
Doors open: 8:45 pm




The SEA Foundation Screenings are complimentary to the Artists in Residence programme. SEA Foundation opens its creative dynamic community to artists who create an independent body of work. The residency is an opportunity for artists to add fresh ideas into their studio practice or project. We provide the space in which to work and, perhaps most importantly, a community of like-minded peers with whom to share and discuss ideas, the very essence of collaboration. In this light we encourage the artists to converse and reflect upon their practice in conversations and screenings. 

For the residency at SEA Foundation Hester van Tongerlo invites peers and public to a film programme on two consecutive Wednesdays.

Screening #1

Wednesday 7 December 2016
Like Someone in love, 2012
Directed: Abbas Kiarostami


In the late 1990s Abbas Kiarostami was driving late at night while on a visit to Tokyo and witnessed a young girl on the side of the street dressed as a bride. In the years following, while visiting Tokyo to promote other films, he realized that he was always looking for that same girl because she had left such an impression but that he would never likely notice her again in real life because she wouldn’t be wearing the same dress. This experience became the basis for the film. It was to be Abbas Kiarostami’s final film before his death in 2016.

The film depicts two days in the life of the Japanese student Akiko (Rin Takanashi). The film is made with a recurring technique to depict the central theme of identity, delaying the visualization of a character. Because of this we are often unconsciously, make a character before we see a visual shot of him / her. We create an identity. Only when the character is shown, then we see how true or false we where. This game with expectations, misconception and illusion comes back into the film in several variations. For example in reflections of the characters in windows and pictures.

The film seems to say that the identity we see as our own self, consists mainly of stories we tell ourselves and others. The principle of fiction, namely remain willing to believe in something that you know it’s not real, is based on a similar principle. That seems Kiarostami in his entire oeuvre to emphasize again and again.

Like someone in love by Abbas Kiarostami

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. “Like Someone in Love” is a Japanese-language film directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Exhibition Copy Paste

This screening is part of events accompanying the exhibition Copy Paste

Opening reception and book launch Sunday December 11 2016
3 to 5 pm, in honor of the artist

The exhibition Copy Paste is accompanied by
Artist’s Book signed and numbered (ed. 20)

Screening #2

Wednesday 14 December 2016
Programme of artist film and video work
About Screening #2
Website Hester van Tongerlo