Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016)

[July 4 2016] Award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami has died in Paris aged 76.
He had been undergoing hospital treatment in France for cancer. - source

Abbas Kiarostami quotes:

• I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.

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.

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• I am not sure how much of this comes from aesthetics, and how much from concept. But of course a single tree is more of a tree than a number of them. You've heard the story of the child who asked his father to show him the forest. The father obliged. When they got there, the father asked the child if he could see the forest. Surprised, the child said, "Yes, but there are so many trees that I can hardly see the forest." When you have a lot of trees lined up next to each other, you don't see trees anymore. You see something else that carries a different concept.
I think you can similarly argue that when people are together, they lose their individual values and turn into a mass, bound together by their collective interests. As soon as they focus on their collective interests, they lose their meaning as human beings. Of course, it would be wonderful as a social movement, but it wouldn't have any individuality. People may think something different inside, but they give in to their collective interests, which in turn destroy their individuality.

• 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.

[on the exact status of the relationship on Copie Conforme] No, I still don't know. Truth is a possibility - what the reality is doesn't really matter so much. What matters here is that they are possibly a couple. The man does say, "We make a good couple, don't we?" And as long as the café proprietor regards them as a couple, then in a sense their being a couple is true, regardless of whether they are in reality.

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