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

I think violence can never be justified. Abbas Kiarostam

Abbas Kiarostami
When I'm in the process of making a movie I'm not thinking about the finished result, and whether people have to see it once or more than once, and what the reaction to it will be. I just make it, and then I live with the consequences, some of which may not be as pleasant as I'd like! I know one thing, however. Many viewers may come out of the theater not satisfied, but they won't be able to forget the movie. I know they'll be talking about it during their next dinner. I want them to be a little restless about my movies, and keep trying to find something in them.
Abbas Kiarostami

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

Abbas Kiarostami
I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
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
The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
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 violence can never be justified.
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
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.