The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free. Abbas Kiaros
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.
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.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.
There were years when Hitchcock was like a master to me, but now I think he's so artificial. I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.
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.
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.
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.
My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that's my perception of life.
I am a citizen of the world.
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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.
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 correc
I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
My car's my best friend. My office. My home. My location. I have a very intimate sense when I am in a car with someone next to me. We're in the most comfortable seats because we're not facing each other, but sitting side by side. We don't look at each other, but instead do so only when we want to. W
In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture. Abbas Kiaros
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
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.
Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can't limit it to one particular culture.
There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
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.
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.
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
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.
Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.
The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
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.
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!
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.