Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Majidi said the idea of making the film occurred to him some 8 years ago when an honoring ceremony was planned to be organized for him in Denmark.
He said it came after some Danish press published desecrating cartoons of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
“I thought to myself how can they hold an honoring ceremony for me in a country where my beliefs and sanctities are insulted. … so, in a letter I said I could not attend the ceremony (in a country) where my holiest sanctities are desecrated”.
Majidi added that after some time he decided that instead of showing reaction to the insults to Islamic sanctities, it is better to do some action to introduce the Islamic culture and that is why producing the movie “Muhammad (PBUH)” was started 7 years ago.
The Oscar-nominated Iranian director further said that his epic movie will debut on August 26, on the occasion of Imam Reza (AS) birth anniversary.
He also noted that the film will open 39th edition of Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), which slated for August 27 -September 7, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.
The movie “Muhammad (PBUH)”, is the first part of Iran’s big-budget trilogy on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
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.
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.