Abbas Kiarostami's comments about the film; Close up Long shot
"I was so moved by CLOSE-UP LONG SHOT that I couldn't sleep all night. Sabzian talks about the movies like a great philosopher. He touches on several episodes in his life, but what most affected me was when he speaks of his father and when he hides in the cinema toilets..." Bologna, 11th September 1996
"CLOSE-UP LONG SHOT is a tribute to all the world's filmgoers and it should make us think about the film maker's responsibility if even a single solitary spectator were to be Sabzian."