Monday, 16 October, 2017

Most Expensive Film in Iran’s History Premieres on August 26

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The most expensive film in Iran’s history about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad is set to premiere on August 26.

Iranian media reported that the film directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will be screened at Iran’s cinemas on August 26, this year falling on the birthday of the eighth Shia Imam, Imam Reza (AS).

The film “Muhammad: Messenger of God” will also have its international premiere at the 39th edition of Montreal World Film Festival in Canada. It will open the prestigious festival on August 27, 2015.

The Iranian film is the biggest budget movie in the country’s history, costing some 30-million euros to make. It portrays the Muhammad childhood and is the first of trilogy on the life of the prophet.

Majidi’s state-sponsored film, which is the first part of an ambitious trilogy about the prophet’s life, tells the story of Muhammad (PBUH) from his birth to the age of 12, ending with his first visit to Sham (Syria) where Bahira, a Christian monk, is believed to have predicted he would one day become a prophet.

A number of internationally-acclaimed professionals, including Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor and filmmaker Scott E. Anderson, three-time Oscar-winning Italian director of photography Vittorio Storaro and renowned Croat production designer Milijen Kreka Kljakovic collaborated in making the film.

Academy Award-winning Indian music composer Allah-Rakha Rahman has written music for the movie.

According to the MWFF’s website, the film does not depict Muhammad (PBUH) himself but his world, the pagan age with all its tyranny and oppression as seen through the eyes of young Muhammad (PBUH) from birth to the age of 13.

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“Muhammad: Messenger of God” is the biggest budget movie in the Iran’s history, costing some 30-million euros to make

“The film starts with [the prophet’s] adolescence, and his childhood is shown through flashbacks. We chose the period before Muhammad became a prophet,” Majidi told reporters last November.

Iranian director hopes that “Muhammad” will burnish the image of both Islam and Iran in the wider world.

“This film is a step forward for Muslim cinema,” Majidi told local reporters last year. “We’re going to help open your eyes to what Islam really is all about. We have a lot of positive things to share with the world, provided that the West is ready for such a dialogue. I think that Iran can have something strong to say through its arts and culture.”

A number of Islamic countries have also proposed to purchase and screen Majidi’s latest production which took five years to be produced.

Croatian production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic has recently released a number of photos and sketches depicting the settings and various scenes of the film.

Majid Majidi is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director, film producer, and screen writer whose films have touched on many themes and genres and has won many international awards.

His acclaimed film, Children of Heaven (1997), was the first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film) in 1999.

Majidi’s 1999 film ‘The Color of Paradise’ was chosen one of the best 10 films of the year in the US in 2000.

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