“If we look at the old silent films, the speed was caused by technical limitations, as sequences were filmed separately and then put together. Today, speed has another meaning. When you watch a film, you don’t really have any contact with the people in it. Sometimes I don’t even have time to see the face of a performer, or the location, the space of the scene. It’s changed before I see it. I strongly believe in the interior rhythm of an image. /…/”

Abbas Kiarostami in an interview