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" I never have searched for a subject. They always just come along. They never come by way of decision-making. They just haunt me. I can't get rid of them. I did not invite them. "
" I'm not a journalist; I'm a poet. "
" I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews. "
" I think there should be holy war against yoga classes. "
" I have a great map of the Tibesti Mountains in the southern Sahara or Northern Chad. It's a dream of mine to go there, but it's such a volatile area, you have to be prudent. "
" I like and I love everything that has to do with cinema: writing, directing, editing, creating music, and even acting. "
" I think there are specific times where film noir is a natural concomitant of the mood. When there's insecurity, collapse of financial systems - that's where film noir always hits fertile ground. "
" Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates. "
" I have nothing against 3D films but I do not need to see them. "
" I'm politically interested, but I have no particular talent as a political beast, stepping out and running for office. "
" The universe is not harmonious: you know that by looking outside. "
" I think psychology and self-reflection is one of the major catastrophes of the twentieth century. "
" You should bear in mind that almost all my documentaries are feature films in disguise. "
" I do other sorts of things. I act in other people's movies. I direct operas. I write books. "
" I'm not very eager to sit and look at my films all the time. "
" Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. "
" Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are. "
" Life on our planet has been a constant series of cataclysmic events, and we are more suitable for extinction than a trilobite or a reptile. So we will vanish. There's no doubt in my heart. "
" Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable. "
" I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment. "
" I'm the last one who would do self-analysis. "
" I live my life outside of the glitz and glamour of the red carpet events, and so you'll never see me there. I'm never at parties. "
" I travel without barely any luggage. Just a second set of underwear and binoculars and a map and a toothbrush. "
" Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It's an ego trip, and I'm not on an ego trip. I don't have ambitions - I have a vision. "
" If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn't matter whether you're bold or cowardly, or whether you're stupid or intelligent. Doesn't get you anywhere. "
" I'm not into digital marketing, downloading, or streaming - I've always been a man of the theaters. "
" I'm not an activist. "
" I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk. "
" Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honour and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes. "
" You must live life in its very elementary forms. The Mexicans have a very nice word for it: pura vida. It doesn't mean just purity of life, but the raw, stark-naked quality of life. And that's what makes young people more into a filmmaker than academia. "
" I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard. "