Abbas Kiarostami Quotes

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: ???? ?????????? pronunciation ; 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively

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Abbas Kiarostami


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

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In my mind, there isn't as much of a distinction between documentary and fiction as there is between a good movie and a bad one.

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I think being someone in love is so hard to define, so temporary, because retrospectively we often deny the state in which we were in love.

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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.

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I think that if you're a digital thinker, you can use a digital camera.

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I never really learned photography.

Abbas Kiarostami


I thought that choosing a non-professional was a condition for me, because it would allow Juliette to have a less-professional way of acting. It would challenge her performance as a professional actress.

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As soon as people enter a theater they must become moron consumers who must be fed information.

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The experience of life teaches us that being like someone in love is more real, because everything is uncertain.

Abbas Kiarostami


There were years when Hitchcock was like a master to me, but now I think he's so artificial. I can watch films and say how technically beautiful they are, but I'm not impressed by any technicality.

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In my opinion the man looks at the relationship in a more bitter fashion and the woman still holds great hopes.

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If we're not going to take full advantage of digital, then 35mm is a better medium. Especially for shooting dramas - I have no problem with 35mm.

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I believe there's only good cinema and bad cinema.

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I do think that we are sometimes, as directors, guilty of portraying or asking our actors to behave in certain ways that are perhaps not very morally acceptable. I'm not the only one.

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Directors don't always create, they can also destroy with too many demands.

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