Motivational Abbas Kiarostami Quotes And Sayings
Inspirational Abbas Kiarostami Quotes

Motivational Abbas Kiarostami Quotes And Sayings

Abbas Kiarostami Quotes:- Abbas Kiarostami (22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer, and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in the production of over forty films, including shorts and documentaries.

Inspirational Abbas Kiarostami Quotes

Cinema gives you the opportunity to be both a grandparent and a grandchild whereas in life you cannot be both at the same time.
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Inspirational Abbas Kiarostami Quotes

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.
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There is violence in real life but I would never impose violence in a film just to attract the audience.
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A movie is about human beings, about humanity.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Famous Quotes by Abbas Kiarostami

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.
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Good cinema is what we can believe, and bad cinema is what we can’t believe.
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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.
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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.
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If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it.
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In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.
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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.
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When I talk to some of the younger filmmakers, they are so worried about their films that, eventually, this state of being worried reflects itself in and helps the final work. Whereas, with projects that are meticulously planned, you look at the end result and it is full of emptiness.
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Best Quotes on 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.
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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.
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I think Woody Allen is Woody Allen, and no matter where he goes he still makes his Woody Allen films.
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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!
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Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.
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The world is my workshop. It is not my home.
Abbas Kiarostami

I have no advice for anyone on how to live.
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There are at least two retrospectives of my work each year in some country.
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I think I really produce my best work in Iran.
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Top Abbas Kiarostami Quotes And Sayings

I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
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I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.
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I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.
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I think violence can never be justified.
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The day we run out of petrol is the day Iran will be free.
Abbas Kiarostami

In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
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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.
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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.
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