Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.

-Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami

I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.

Abbas Kiarostami
I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
Abbas Kiarostami

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.

Abbas Kiarostami
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.
Abbas Kiarostami

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

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

Abbas Kiarostami
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiarostam