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

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

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

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

Abbas Kiarostami
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience. Abbas Kiarostam
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
My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that's my perception of life.
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
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.