2015, Colour, Iran, World Greats


Production Team

Director : Majid Majidi

Screenwriter : Majid Majidi, Kambozia Partoei

Cinematographer : Vittorio Storaro

Editor : Roberto Perpignani

Cast : Mehdi Pakdel, Alireza Shoja Nouri, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Darioush Farhang, Mohammad Asgari, Seyed Sadegh Hatefi, Sareh Bayat, Mina Sadati

Music : A. R. Rahman

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Muhammad Mehdi Heidarian, Nooraban Film Compagny, Unit 4, Second floor, No.3, Chaharom Alley, Gandie Jonoubi Ave, Téhéran (Iran), tél.: +98 (88) 673 538, / Infinite Production Compagny GmbH (Allemagne).



Upon the order of Abraha, King of Habasha (Abyssinia), one of his army commanders launches an attack on Mecca in order to destroy the Kaaba, the pre-Islamic construction. He leads a well-equipped force comprised of thousands of soldiers, horses and elephants. As the army approaches Mecca, the elephants respond to divine order by halting and refusing to continue. Millions of small birds then release a hail of stones onto Abraha’s forces and the army is annihilated. A month later, Muhammad, the future Prophet of Islam, is born. The film does not depict Muhammad himself but his world, the pagan age with all its tyranny and oppression as seen through the eyes of young Muhammad from birth to the age of 13.



Born in Tehran in 1959, Majid Majidi studied drama at Tehran University before beginning his cinematic career in 1980 as an actor. He then moved behind the camera to direct several short and medium-length films: Explosion, Hudaj (1984), Examination Day, The Last Village (1993), and God Will Come (1994). He directed his first feature, BADUK, in 1991, and he followed that with THE FATHER in 1996. His next three films, THE CHILDREN OF HEAVEN (1997), nominated for an Oscar, THE COLOUR OF PARADISE (1999) and BARAN (2001), all won the Grand Prize of the Americas at the MWFF as well as numerous other awards around the world. Films since: THE WILLOW TREE (2005), THE SONG OF SPARROWS (2008).



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