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" I'm not a journalist; I'm a poet. "
" I work very fast and steadily, and I don't hardly ever notice that I'm working. It feels like just breathing or walking when I do films. "
" I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If an actor knows how to milk a cow, I always know it will not be difficult to be in business with him. "
" I prefer to be alive, so I'm cautious about taking risks. "
" Yes, the pyramids have been built, but if you give me 300,000 disciplined men and give me 30 years, I could build a bigger one. "
" I'm politically interested, but I have no particular talent as a political beast, stepping out and running for office. "
" I'm not into digital marketing, downloading, or streaming - I've always been a man of the theaters. "
" I think psychology and self-reflection is one of the major catastrophes of the twentieth century. "
" I'm not an activist. "
" I have nothing against 3D films but I do not need to see them. "
" Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life. "
" 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 think it is a quest of literature throughout the ages to describe the human condition. "
" 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. "
" You should bear in mind that almost all my documentaries are feature films in disguise. "
" Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable. "
" Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault. "
" You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates. "
" I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews. "
" 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. "
" I'm not an interviewer. I have conversations. "
" 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. "