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.

-Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami

A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience. Abbas Kiarostam

Abbas Kiarostami
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.
Abbas Kiarostami

I think I really produce my best work in Iran. Abbas Kiarostam

Abbas Kiarostami
I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.
Abbas Kiarostami

This is a real problem because people are interested to watch more movies but there is no opportunity.

Abbas Kiarostami
In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
Abbas Kiarostami

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 thing, however. Many viewers may come out of the theater not satisfied, but they won't be able to forget the movie. I know they'll be talking about it during their next dinner. I want them to be a little restless about my movies, and keep trying to find something in them.

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

In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture. Abbas Kiaros

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.