Abbas Kiarostami Quotes

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  • This kind of directing, I think, is very similar to being a football coach. You prepare your players and place them in the right places, but once the game is on, there's nothing much you can do - you can smoke a cigarette or get nervous, but you can't do much.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • The only thing that I can do is hold a mirror in front of men and women, in front of the viewer in the theater, to reflect. There is nothing but reflection that I could intend to offer the viewer of the film.

    Interview with Sam Adams, www.avclub.com. March 17, 2011.
  • I don't have very complete scripts for my films. I have a general outline and a character in my mind, and I make no notes until I find the character who's in my mind in reality.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I do believe in [Robert] Bresson's method of creation through omission, not through addition.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.

  • I remember when I came out of an exam thinking I had done well and then I had a clue that maybe one answer was wrong, I remembered that I rather stop knowing, stop thinking about it, appreciating life instead. So first, it was just a memory. But then I realized that in life, it's a much more general sentiment - that instead of waiting for other people's judgment, I'd rather focus on my own feelings, that everything is fine. To go on with my life rather than anticipating other people's judgements that might be negative.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • 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.

  • My car is 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.

    Home   Car   Office  
    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I am still very surprised that I managed to make that film [Close Up]. When I actually look back on that film, I really feel that I was not the director but instead just a member of the audience.

    Directors   Looks   Film  
    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I have received the digital camera as a blessing. It has really changed my life as a filmmaker, because I don't use my camera anymore as a camera. I don't feel it as a camera. I feel it as a friend, as something that doesn't make an impression on people, that doesn't make them feel uncomfortable, and that is completely forgotten in my way of approaching life and people and film.

    Interview with Sam Adams, www.avclub.com. March 17, 2011.
  • Whether you consider me a master filmmaker or not, I do it with my intuition and my vision, my experience as a storyteller.

    "They Should Be Grateful: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami". Interview with Zachary Wigon, filmmakermagazine.com. February 13, 2013.
  • In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.

  • When the film [Certified Copy] was in the Cannes Festival, I realized that the fact of having it shot in a different culture, in a different language, in a different setting, that wasn't mine and that I didn't belong to, gave me a totally different relationship to the film. When I was sitting in the audience during the official screening in Cannes, I didn't feel that it was my film.

    Interview with Sam Adams, www.avclub.com. March 17, 2011.
  • 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.

    Cities   Village   Towns  
    "Abbas Kiarostami's best shot". Interview with Andrew Pulver, www.theguardian.com. July 29, 2009.
  • It is a very important film, Life And Nothing More, in that what was filmed was inspired by a journey I had made just three days after an earthquake. And I speak not only of the film itself but also of the experience of being in that place, where only three days before 50,000 people had died.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • 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.

    Fall   Taken   Sleep  
    Interview with Sam Adams, www.avclub.com. March 17, 2011.
  • 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.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I think violence can never be justified. At the same time, nobody’s culture or beliefs should be insulted, that’s not something I can accept either. But I cannot justify or accept any violence at all.

    "Abbas Kiarostami Wants To Reteam With Juliette Binoche, Talks ‘Like Someone In Love’ & Weighs In On The ‘Innocence Of Muslims’". Interview with Christopher Bell, www.indiewire.com. October 10, 2012.
  • It's very true that non-actors feel more comfortable in front of a digital camera, without the lights and the large crowd around them, and we arrive at much more intimate moments with them.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I do believe that a film like Ten could never have been made with a 35mm camera. The first part of the film lasts 17 minutes, and by the end of that part, the kid has totally forgotten the camera.

    Believe   Kids   Cameras  
    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.

    "Landscapes of the mind" by Stuart Jeffries, www.theguardian.com. April 16, 2005.
  • I don't ask my students to have studied film or any education in general. What I ask them is to come and sit and tell me a story, and the way they choose it and tell it, for me, the best criteria for whether they are right for making films. There's nothing more important than being able to tell your story orally.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • Close-Up is a very particular film in my oeuvre. It's a film that was made in a very particular way; mainly because I didn't really have the time to think about how to go about making the film.

    Thinking   Way   Film  
    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • Directors don't always create, they can also destroy with too many demands.

    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • With the RED, I didn't have this impression at all. I felt that it was as heavy as a film camera. Having this great crew, with the DP and his assistants, I found it making as much of an impression as a very big film camera. I didn't relate to it as much. I remember avoiding it during the shooting rather than paying attention to it.

    Interview with Sam Adams, www.avclub.com. March 17, 2011.
  • I can only display what I've been nurtured with, which is this worldview which has become my view. If I displayed anything different from it in my work, I wouldn't deserve this heritage.

    "They Should Be Grateful: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami". Interview with Zachary Wigon, filmmakermagazine.com. February 13, 2013.
  • I wasn't searching for a common denominator - I started wondering about the challenge of working in other cultures. What I reached was the sudden acknowledgment of the universal aspect of filmmaking.

    "They Should Be Grateful: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami". Interview with Zachary Wigon, filmmakermagazine.com. February 13, 2013.
  • People have curiosity, they have intelligence, they have interest in understanding their peers. But producers and directors of cinema have decided that the seats in the theaters have been made to transform people's minds to lazy minds.

    "They Should Be Grateful: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami". Interview with Zachary Wigon, filmmakermagazine.com. February 13, 2013.
  • I had intended to make another film, called Pocket Money, which was to be about children at a school. I was very much intrigued by the story [of Close Up] - it came into my dreams and I was very much influenced by it. So I called my producer and asked that we put aside Pocket Money and start something else, and he agreed.

    Dream   Children   School  
    Interview with Geoff Andrew, www.theguardian.com. April 28, 2005.
  • You've noticed that same joke told by two different people, once works, and the other time doesn't, simply because how the person edits it. The silences, the pauses, what they neglect, what they emphasize - all of this matters.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
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    Abbas Kiarostami

    • Born: June 22, 1940
    • Died: July 4, 2016
    • Occupation: Film director