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    I am a citizen of the world.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: world 
     
    From my very first movie, what was my concentration, my inspiration, was I didn't want to narrate something, I didn't want to tell a story. I wanted to show something, I wanted for them to make their own story from what they were seeing.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: seeing  movie  stories 
     
    There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: work  year 
     
    The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: world 
     
    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
    tags: movie  marketing 
     
    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
    tags: time  novel  poetry  read 
     
    There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: violence  real  film 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: people  film  stories 
     
    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
    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
    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.
    — 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
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: energy  movie  school  exercise 
     
    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
    tags: earth 
     
    I don't know whether it is fortunate or unfortunate, but I have no such thing as national pride. I don't feel proud that I am Iranian. I happen to be who I am.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: pride 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: wonder  film 
     
    Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can't believe.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: believe  bad 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: truth  reality  spiritual 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: truth  nature  people  film 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: people  real  film  mind  writing  write 
     
    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
    tags: moment  film  year 
     
    Digital photography is, by definition, unfinished. You don't feel that after every 24 or 36 shots you have to change your film - you know you can go on for ever if you want. You can see the result immediately, and find out if your original idea is worth going on with or not, whether it can be corrected, whether it can be improved.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    I think life is so difficult to catch, it's so furtive, that a copy, a film, can in no way catch it and represent it.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: film 
     
    It's not so much a question of whether we've shot it through 35mm or digital video; what is important is whether the audience accepts it as real.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: questions  real 
     
    When I find the character, I try to spend time with them and get to know them very well. Therefore my notes are not from the character that I had in my mind before, but are instead based on the people I've met in real life.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: character  time  people  real  mind 
     
    I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: live  advice 
     
    Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can't limit it to one particular culture.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: culture  film 
     
    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
    tags: time  contentment 
     
    My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that's my perception of life.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    Good cinema is what we can believe and bad cinema is what we can't believe. What you see and believe in is very much what I'm interested in.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: believe  bad 
     
    In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: darkness  poetry 
     
    A movie is about human beings, about humanity.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: humanity  human  movie 
     
    I thought that I had been asked every kind of question possible.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    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
    tags: world  language  human  race 
     
    I was mentioning with the digital camera, maybe this new fashion of filmmaking gives a closer look of what life may be like. But it's still nothing but a copy.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: fashion 
     
    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
    tags: people  lazy  questions 
     
    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.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: sleep  night  film  thinking 
     
    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
    tags: people  work  thinking 
     
    We are nothing but a link between our culture and what we can actually produce.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: culture 
     
    I think that in life, being is nothing but an illusion. If we acknowledge that and accept the fact that we are in between states, that we are moving, and this movement is the nature of our lives, and we stop having aspirations for being in a definite state, we know life better and are able to enjoy it better.
    — Abbas Kiarostami
    tags: nature  live  illusion  facts 
     
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