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 think violence can never be justified.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiaros
The world is my workshop. It is not my home. Abbas Kiaros
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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.
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've often noticed that we are not able to look at what we have in front of us, unless it's inside a frame.
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
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
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.
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.
I think violence can never be justified. Abbas Kiarostam
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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience. Abbas Kiaros
I think I really produce my best work in Iran.
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
In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.
This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.
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.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
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 think I really produce my best work in Iran. 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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience. Abbas Kiarostam
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.
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.
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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience.