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.
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
I think I really produce my best work in Iran. Abbas Kiarostam
There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiaros
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.
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!
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.
The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
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.
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.
Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can't limit it to one particular culture.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free. Abbas Kiaros
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.
Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.
In my mind, there isn't as much of a distinction between documentary and fiction as there is between a good movie and a bad one.
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.
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.
I think violence can never be justified.
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.
This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.
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.
My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that's my perception of life.
A Taste of Cherry.
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.
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
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 t
I never really learned photography.
I am a citizen of the world.