Hassan Rouhani

Iranian leaders mourn loss of acclaimed director Kiarostami

Hundreds of Iranians attended a candlelit ceremony Tuesday to mourn the death of film director Abbas Kiarostami, who died at the age of 76 after a career spanning more than four decades.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter that the director's "different and deep attitude toward life and invitation to peace and friendship" would be a "lasting achievement." He referred to Kiarostami by his first name, a sign of closeness in Iranian culture.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Kiarostami's death was a loss for international cinema, and referred to him as "Ostad," a term of respect rarely used by political leaders when referring to...