Abbas Kiarostami — Iranian Director born on June 22, 1940,

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎‎  pronunciation (help·info); born 22 June 1940) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy , Close-Up , Taste of Cherry – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us . In his recent works, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love , he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively... (wikipedia)

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.
My way of expression is full of complications and mystery because that's my perception of life.
A work of art doesn't exist outside the perception of the audience.
I never reflect or convey that which I have not experienced myself.
I feel like a tree. A tree doesn't feel a duty to start doing something about the earth from which it comes. A tree just has to bear fruit, and leaves and blossoms. It doesn't feel grateful to the earth.