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Producers should intervene to boost box office: Abbas Kiarostami

TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami believes Iranian cinema does not have appropriate economic returns, so producers should intervene in the filmmaking process.

During a post-screening review session of his documentary "Roads of Kiarostami" (2006) at the House of Cinema in Tehran on January 17, Kiarostami said, "The financial success of a film does not make me think of it as a commonplace or commercial film. Maybe the fact that my works have no outside producer allows me to avoid having someone over my head bossing me around, but sometimes I feel there is an empty place for a producer in my cinema.

"I may travel for a long time to make a film. I withdraw from making the film when I approach the production process. At this time, I feel a smart producer could help me continue.

"Over 10 works could be added to my filmography if there was a producer for my films. Sometimes I need a pushy boss. Sometimes a project needs a boss, but what I have a problem with is extra members of a crew. I believe that less expenditure is better."

In his short documentary "Roads of Kiarostami", the director takes a look back at his photographs of landscapes with roads over the past few decades.

"Making a short film has its special delights. I have never prevented myself from making a short film... In a short film, a filmmaker is rarely put under the microscope and the audience expects less of him/her. Perhaps my last work will be a short film," Kiarostami said.

"Most of my films have their roots in documentary cinema, and this is clear in the works. Reality is an excuse and launch pad. I think that I start my works with reality, but I move in a way that retreats from that reality."

Kiarostami, who has produced most of his films, won the 1992 Roberto Rossellini Award at the Cannes International Film Festival for "And Life Goes On", the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997 for "Taste of Cherry", and the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival for "The Wind Will Carry Us".

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