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Iranian film to open Montreal World Film Festival

7 May 2015 16:40

The set of Muhammad (PBUH) directed by Majid Majidi ©IRNA

The 39th edition of Montreal World Film Festival will open with Muhammad (PBUH), directed by the Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi.

Majidi and a number of his cast and crew members will also attend the world premiere of his latest film in Canada.

The Canadian festival’s president, Serge Losique, has described Majidi’s epic production as an important work of very high artistry aimed at a very wide audience.

Muhammad (PBUH) is the first part of a trilogy on the life of Islam’s holy prophet. It recounts the early years of his prophecy in the city of Mecca.

It took five years for Majidi and his team to produce the 171-minute movie. With a budget of over USD 550 million, the religious blockbuster is the most expensive film ever made in Iran.

Produced by Mohammad Mehdi Heidarian, the film was shot in Iran and the South African city of Bela-Bela.

The cinematic project has enjoyed the cooperation of renowned international craftsmen and artists such as Italian cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, Italian film editor, Roberto Perpignani, American special effects artist, Scott E. Anderson, Italian makeup artist, Gianetto De Rossi, and Indian composer, A. R. Rahman.

Majid Majidi is an acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter whose films have won him many international awards.

Iranian director, Majid Majidi

His Children of Heaven was the first Iranian film to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999.

Majidi’s other successful film, Color of Paradise, was chosen as one of the best 10 films of the year in the US in 2000.

The 39th Montreal World Film Festival will be held from August 27 to September 7. The annual event aims to encourage cultural diversity, promote innovative works and discover new talents.

It is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

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