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

-Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami

Everybody knows that I am not usually patient enough to actually sit down and watch one of my own films from the beginning to the end - I never do.

Abbas Kiarostami
Cinema gives you the opportunity to be both a grandparent and a grandchild whereas in life you cannot be both at the same time.
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
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
Abbas Kiarostami

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.

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.
Abbas Kiarostami

I have no advice for anyone on how to live.

Abbas Kiarostami
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.
Abbas Kiarostami

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.

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