«- The side of the highway is no place to live. It is not peaceful. (…) We had to leave everything to come here. But to leave it to live here next to the highway… we aren’t able to do that. (…) Why we do not go to live next to the highway? It is no place to live. All that smoke and asphalt, and people passing without stopping in! (…)
– Where do you live?
– Nowhere! That way… behind a tree. We don’t have a phone»
– Abbas Kiarostami, “Through the Olive Trees”
(1372 d. H./1993 d.C.).
«…relationship between humans and religion are very personal and it is a tragedy to see it exteriorised officially»
– Kiarostami, interview, 26/09/2002.
“The Chorus” (1982), by Abbas Kiarostami