Quotes by: Abbas Kiarostami
Kiarostami in Syracuse University New York, 2 April 2014.
22 June 1940|
||4 July 2016
||Tok Mazra'e Cemetery, Lavasan, Shemiranat, Iran
||University of Tehran
||Film director, screenwriter, photographer, producer, painter, poet
Where Is the Friend's Home?
Through the Olive Trees
Taste of Cherry
The Wind Will Carry Us
||Gheytarieh, Tehran, Iran
||Parvin Amir-Gholi (m. 1969–82)
Ahmad (b. 1971)
Bahman (b. 1978)
If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
Usually when I take my films to festivals, I feel incredibly anxious about them. I wonder how it will be received, how the audience will react. I feel deeply responsible for them.
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 think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
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.
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 can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.
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.
A good movie is made by an initial burst of energy, the way that, when you are in school, your class exercises are always better than your final projects.
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.
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.
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.
There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
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.
I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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 the person's language or background or race is.
Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.