Iranian Director Majid Majidi to Shoot Next Film in India
Following his latest film on the Prophet Muhammad, "Floating Gardens" is an India-based story in English, which will be produced by Indian banner Eye Candy Films.
NEW DELHI – Iranian director Majid Majidi -- whose 1998 film Children of Heaven was the first Iranian film to receive an Oscar nomination for best foreign film -- will shoot his next title, Floating Gardens, in India. While a budget was not given, the English language title will be produced by Mumbai-based banner Eye Candy Films, with filming slated to begin in 2014.
“I have always wanted to shoot in India as I have always felt that both Iran and India have the same cultural sensibilities. The shooting of my current film on the Prophet Muhammad is complete and I am currently in Munich working on the post-production,” Majidi said in a statement. “After I finish this, I look forward to visiting India and starting pre-production and casting for my next film. It is a dramatic film based on human values and I am looking forward to working with the team at Eye Candy Films.”
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With a background in commercials and line production for various international shoots in India, Eye Candy Films is also in pre-production of its first feature, a Bollywood title by director Manish Jha (Matrubhoomi, Anwar).
“Floating Gardens is a powerful dramatic film and we are confident that Majidi will capture the essence of North India with his own unique vision and feel for emotional values in a very beautiful manner,” added Eye Candy Films producer Shareen Mantri Kedia. “We are the sole producers of the film and we will partner with international studios and sales companies for U.S. and worldwide distribution as it is in English and the film will have an universal appeal.”
“The movie will feature a complete Indian cast and a mix of Indian and foreign crew members. With movies like Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Life of Pi paving the way for India-specific themes and narratives and all these films having done well both critically and commercially, we think this is the right time for an Indian production house to produce an international film out of India,” said Eye Candy Films producer Kishor Arora.
Majidi's credits include acclaimed titles such as Children of Heaven (1997), The Color of Paradise (1999), Baran (2001) and The Willow Tree (2005). Majidi was one of five international film directors invited by the Chinese government to create a documentary short film to introduce the city of Beijing, in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics.