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 am a citizen of the world.
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.
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
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.
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.
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.
Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can't limit it to one particular culture.
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.
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.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiaros
Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.
I never really learned photography.
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.
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 thi
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 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.
In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free. Abbas Kiaros
A movie is about human beings, about humanity.
I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
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.
I think violence can never be justified. Abbas Kiarostam
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
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.
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.
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.