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.
There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
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.
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.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free. Abbas Kiarostam
There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
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.
In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture. Abbas Kiaros
I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.
I think violence can never be justified. Abbas Kiarostam
The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiarostam
I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
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.
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.
This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.
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
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.
I prefer the films that put their audience to sleep in the theater. Some films have made me doze off in the theater, but the same films have made me stay up at night, wake up thinking about them in the morning, and keep on thinking about them for weeks.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
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.
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 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.
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.
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