It’s also about how things do and don’t change with time, and how the past is always present, which is a theme in a lot of your films.
Farhadi: Yes, this is a personal question, something that’s haunting me. The older I get, the more I’m haunted by it—this relationship that we have with our past. A friend in Spain told me this Cuban saying: “We don’t remember what past we had, or what past is awaiting us.” That’s something that I think is very true. In my culture, in Iranian culture, the past is very predominant, maybe I should say unfortunately, because nostalgia and the longing for the past is something that maybe sometimes prevents us from moving on.
Source : https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/interview-asghar-farhadi-on-everybody-knows-and-the-persistence-of-the-past/
Some have said that these changes – the high-rise buildings, the crowd – have stifled creativity.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf: You could have your story. It doesn’t matter — high buildings or low buildings, empty city or crowded city. You can create your story, you can share your story, and through it we can understand your condition.
We have only one life, but each film gives us another life. Watching films and reading novels, they give eternality to the audience. So it’s very important to see different kinds of films, from different nations. Because many of Hollywood films are the same, they have no diversity.
Source : https://www.buro247.sg/culture/insiders/interview-with-mohsen-makhmalbaf-singapore.html