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.
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.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience.
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
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.
Cinema gives you the opportunity to be both a grandparent and a grandchild whereas in life you cannot be both at the same time.
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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!
The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
Before the revolution we had 300 for six million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people.
I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
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.
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.
In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture. Abbas Kiaros
There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
I think violence can never be justified.
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.
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
The world is my workshop. It is not my home. Abbas Kiaros
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself. Abbas Kiarostam
This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.
I think I really produce my best work in Iran.
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.
In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
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.
Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can't limit it to one particular culture.
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.
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 would say that no film is apolitical. There are politics in all films. Any film that is anchored in a society, any film that deals with humanity is necessarily political.