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.
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.
There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
I think violence can never be justified. Abbas Kiarostam
I think violence can never be justified.
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
My films have been progressing towards a certain kind of minimalism, even though it was never intended. Elements which can be eliminated have been eliminated.
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.
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'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
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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience. Abbas Kiarostam
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.
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.
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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience.
Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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
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.
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 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 never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiarostam
Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.
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.
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.
This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.
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.