News ID: 202372
Published: 0307 GMT October 14, 2017

Majidi's 'Beyond the Clouds' premieres at BFI

Majidi's 'Beyond the Clouds' premieres at BFI

A film by acclaimed Iranian Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi, 'Beyond the Clouds' premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

Set in Mumbai, the film focuses on estranged siblings Amir and Tara who reconcile following a catastrophic event that changes their lives — and their relationship — forever, reported.

"Shooting [the film] in Mumbai added an immense, invaluable layer and reality," Majidi said.

"I was really interested in having a new experience, [having never worked in India], especially considering the Iranian and Indian cultures are so close."

The 58-year-old director said family is a major theme in all his works and hopes 'Beyond the Clouds' will receive a great amount of attention, since "the society is made up of families and the only way for a society to survive is to protect and maintain family ties".

This will be Majidi's ninth film and first Indian movie. His celebrated 'Children of Heaven' was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998.

Majidi said time and space do not really matter in his films and that his stories could take place anywhere the world.

The score for his latest film was composed by critically acclaimed Indian musician AR Rahman, who Majidi has worked with in his 2005 film 'Muhammad (PBUH)'.

The director said the pair wanted the music to be a 'character' within the feature, an aspect that would be a part of the film rather than 'carrying' the audience elsewhere.

"We wanted it to be a very soft and subtle music that simply adds to the ambience without going outside the stage," said Majidi.

Newcomers Ishaan Khattar, the younger brother of Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor, and actress Malavika Mohanan play the protagonists in the film. Majidi said the pair had a great way of communicating as each came from families who have established film careers on their records.

Most of the cast had not acted before which, Majidi acknowledged, could be a challenge at times, but said it achieved 'amazing results'.

Hours before the world premiere of the film at London's Embankment Garden Cinema, Majidi said it felt 'fantastic' to see the film being presented in such a prestigious festival.

"I am very excited and very curious to see what the public reactions would be, specially in other countries," he said. 

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