Abbas Kiarostami

In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.
Abbas Kiarostami

I’ve often noticed that we are not able to look at what we have in front of us, unless it’s inside a frame.
Abbas Kiarostami

I film normal-life subjects in natural settings that some people would consider uncinematic. But what I want to show is nature itself, as the truth of life.
Abbas Kiarostami

In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.
Abbas Kiarostami

When I talk to some of the younger filmmakers, they are so worried about their films that, eventually, this state of being worried reflects itself in and helps the final work. Whereas, with projects that are meticulously planned, you look at the end result and it is full of emptiness.
Abbas Kiarostami

I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
Abbas Kiarostami

I think violence can never be justified.
Abbas Kiarostami

Cinema gives you the opportunity to be both a grandparent and a grandchild whereas in life you cannot be both at the same time.
Abbas Kiarostami

Whenever people ask me what the story is for my next film, I won’t tell and people feel it’s because I’m being secretive or something, but it’s actually because I’m ashamed to sum up a film in three sentences.
Abbas Kiarostami

There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
Abbas Kiarostami

A movie is about human beings, about humanity.
Abbas Kiarostami
Humanity, Human, Movie
All the different nations in the world, despite their differences of appearance and religion and language and way of life, still have one thing in common, and that is what’s inside of all of us. If we X-rayed the insides of different human beings, we wouldn’t be able to tell from those X-rays what the person’s language or background or race is.
Abbas Kiarostami
Life, Religion, World
Poetry always runs away from you – it’s very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it.
Abbas Kiarostami

I would be too selfish if I said everyone should see my movies more than once. To say that would mean I’m just marketing my work!
Abbas Kiarostami

Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.
Abbas Kiarostami

The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
Abbas Kiarostami

I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
Abbas Kiarostami

There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
Abbas Kiarostami

I think I really produce my best work in Iran.
Abbas Kiarostami

I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
Abbas Kiarostami

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
Abbas Kiarostami

The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.
Abbas Kiarostami

From my very first movie, what was my concentration, my inspiration, was I didn’t want to narrate something, I didn’t want to tell a story. I wanted to show something, I wanted for them to make their own story from what they were seeing.
Abbas Kiarostami

Everybody knows that I am not usually patient enough to actually sit down and watch one of my own films from the beginning to the end – I never do.
Abbas Kiarostami

In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
Abbas Kiarostami

I am a citizen of the world.
Abbas Kiarostami

I never really learned photography.
Abbas Kiarostami

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