Abbas Kiarostami 1

I prefer the countryside to cities. This is also true of my films: I have made more films in rural societies, and villages, than in towns.
Abbas Kiarostami

Digital photography is, by definition, unfinished. You don’t feel that after every 24 or 36 shots you have to change your film – you know you can go on for ever if you want. You can see the result immediately, and find out if your original idea is worth going on with or not, whether it can be corrected, whether it can be improved.
Abbas Kiarostami

If you catch me coming out of a film, when I’m emotionally involved, I can tell you at that moment why I like it – but to talk about it years later is not logical to me.
Abbas Kiarostami

I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I’m not impressed by any technicality.
Abbas Kiarostami

Usually when I write a script, I have in mind some real people that I’m writing about, who don’t always act in the film afterward.
Abbas Kiarostami

A work of art doesn’t exist outside the perception of the audience.
Abbas Kiarostami

The calling of art is to extract us from our daily reality, to bring us to a hidden truth that’s difficult to access – to a level that’s not material but spiritual.
Abbas Kiarostami

Religion works on some people but not on everyone, because it says, ‘Stop thinking and accept what I tell you.’ That’s not valid for people who want to think and reflect.
Abbas Kiarostami

My films have been progressing towards a certain kind of minimalism, even though it was never intended. Elements which can be eliminated have been eliminated.
Abbas Kiarostami

Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can’t believe.
Abbas Kiarostami

Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can’t limit it to one particular culture.
Abbas Kiarostami

As film-makers, it is very important for us to find common ground between cultures, and maybe that’s less the case for politicians who benefit more from finding the conflicts and differences between us.
Abbas Kiarostami

I really think that I don’t mind people sleeping during my films, because I know that some very good films might prepare you for sleeping or falling asleep or snoozing. It’s not to be taken badly at all. This is something I really mean.
Abbas Kiarostami

Usually when I take my films to festivals, I feel incredibly anxious about them. I wonder how it will be received, how the audience will react. I feel deeply responsible for them.
Abbas Kiarostami

If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
Abbas Kiarostami

I don’t know whether it is fortunate or unfortunate, but I have no such thing as national pride. I don’t feel proud that I am Iranian. I happen to be who I am.
Abbas Kiarostami

I feel like a tree. A tree doesn’t feel a duty to start doing something about the earth from which it comes. A tree just has to bear fruit, and leaves and blossoms. It doesn’t feel grateful to the earth.
Abbas Kiarostami

A good movie is made by an initial burst of energy, the way that, when you are in school, your class exercises are always better than your final projects.
Abbas Kiarostami

To me, AIDS is an international epidemic and every country can be affected by it. Therefore, it can be discussed on an international level. Unfortunately, AIDS doesn’t require a visa.
Abbas Kiarostami

Some movies bring out the creativity in you. Every single audience member can become creative in the face of a particular movie. If you happen to like my films, it’s because my films provide a bed for you on which you can find your creativity. The Hollywood movies do not provide that for you.
Abbas Kiarostami

I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
Abbas Kiarostami

I would say that no film is apolitical. There are politics in all films. Any film that is anchored in a society, any film that deals with humanity is necessarily political.
Abbas Kiarostami

My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that’s my perception of life.
Abbas Kiarostami

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