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Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian,  Director
Total Quotes : 49
Doing Sometimes Carpentry

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Language Differences Tell

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Human Beings Movie About

A movie is about human beings, about humanity.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Like Tell About

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Art Exist Audience

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

- Abbas Kiarostami

Think Some Works

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Lazy Given Question

Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Country Year Some

There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Work More Everyone

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!

- Abbas Kiarostami

Unless Noticed Able

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Beginning Everybody 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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Never Reflect Which

I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Grateful Doing Which

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

More Maybe Very

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

Politics Films Anchored

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Will Petrol Iran

The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Which Films Eliminated

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Always Away Very

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.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Some Very Badly

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

Listening Mind Remember

I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.

- Abbas Kiarostami