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.

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 Religion Quotes

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 Politics Quote

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

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 Poetry Quotes

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!

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 Movies Quotes