He made the statement during the 12 Punto TRT Screenplay Days festival hosted by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).
Farhadi met an audience for a live broadcast to talk about cinema, directing and storytelling that was moderated by director Faysal Soysal, Anadolu Agency reported.
Fahradi added, “There is love all over the world today and there is violence that harms it. But in the modern period we live in, the way of narrating love has different languages. For this reason, changes in the world change the language and form of these two emotions.”
He said there are two types of directors: “One type is directors who have their own manifestoes, troubles and ideologies; they set out to make films to tell their own intentions. Another type is directors who do not think about what the film will tell.”
Fahradi said a successful director first considers the values of the past, such as childhood memories, when making a movie.
“For example, in the film, ‘A Separation,’ an image first appeared in my mind of the past and I proceeded toward it and wrote the script of the film. Moreover, no other fact, reaction or information has affected me as much as that picture,” he said. “In fact, it is more impressive that we do not know where the movie will lead when we set out for a movie. In other words, films with a manifesto or ideology cannot be permanent, because they actually arise from the idea of the director, not from the heart.”
Farhadi said he does not expect an audience from around the world to understand Iranian culture.
“In my opinion, if I understand the scenario that I wrote and I was satisfied, I think that people in another part of the world will definitely be satisfied and will be affected by it,” he said.
Underlining the global success of Iranian cinema, the renowned director said: “Iranian cinema was first a reaction against Western cinema, especially Hollywood. That the audience would want to see real, simple lives on the street became a common thing.”
“In this sense, I see the concepts of life and reality differently. What you see in many Iranian films is a different perspective on life. In fact, we add a point of conflict to reality in our movies so that we can perceive life better,” he said.
He stressed that in a realistic movie, it is success to tell something from life. “But creating new depths under the world that appears in the movie is art,” he said.
The 12 Punto TRT Screenplay Days, which contributes to the development of projects by filmmakers at the stage of the script, will end with an award ceremony on July 25.
Significant filmmakers from Britain, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Qatar, and Iran attended the second anniversary of the event.