Scott made the remarks during an interview on the sidelines of the 12th International Moqavemat (Resistance) Film Festival in Iran.
The following is the text of his interview.
How many times have you been to Iran?
This is my second time in Iran. I was here for a month in January and February for the Fajr Film Festival and I've been here for 3 months now. I'm working on a project related to the Airbus incident of 1998. It's the 25th anniversary of that, so I'm making an international picture about a family that is affected by that disaster.
What is your opinion about the Festival and its major theme 'Resistance'?
As far as the festival goes, I think it is a very effective way for filmmakers to get together and learn about each other in order to create some solidarity with each other. They can also try to invent new ways for their works to be seen by a larger audience.
The problem with Resistance in the world today is that there is a much larger need to continue the ongoing 'Resistance' because of all the issues with human beings. We're seeing different forms of 'Resistance' occurring throughout Europe, the US and certainly the Middle East and the word is spreading that people are not staying quiet against issues of injustice. I think a festival like this which is still in its formative stages holds a great deal of promise to be effective in the world through communicating its message of 'Resistance'.
Have you seen any Iranian movies with the theme of 'Resistance and Holy Defense' and if yes, how do you compare them with movies from other countries with the same theme?
I haven't seen a lot of films in this festival, but in general I think Iranian cinema is going to have a Renaissance and I believe it has already started as long as the filmmakers are able to write and create their stories to express the culture and the political and psychological development of the country. I think we're going to see a large, expressive, high-quality cinematic wave from Iran.
The other time I talked to you, you hadn't seen 'A Separation', but you were very much enthusiastic about seeing it, have you been able to see it? If yes, what do you think of the movie?
I have seen 'A Separation' and I think it's a good movie. I think there are so many good ideas coming from here particularly among the youth. This cinema could be a leader around the world forming a new age of cinema. We can take some old, out of date, commercial cinema and bring in some new voices and experiences.
This festival is being held in some other countries simultaneously. How do you see that? Do you think having an international audience for movies like these can spread what you said about Iranian cinema in the world?
I think it's very useful. It's always useful to have a separate voice because it helps to balance the international conversation. I'm about freedom, conversation, connection and bridging cultures and bringing the world together.