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Iran Premiers Muhammad Film

The most expensive movie ever made in Iran, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad’s childhood, opened nationwide on August 27.

Directed by Majid Majidi, the 171-minute film Muhammad cost some $40 million, partly funded by the state, and took more than seven years to complete.

Majidi has said the aim of his work is to reclaim the rightful image of Islam, which he said extremists have wrongly made violent.

The movie, the first part of a planned trilogy, will be screened at the Montreal Film Festival in Canada later on August 27.

No announcement has yet been made on when the two other parts of the trilogy will be produced.

It is the second major production on the Muslim prophet. The first, Muhammad, Messenger of God, was made in 1976 by Syrian-American filmmaker Moustapha Akkad.

Based on reporting by AFP and IRNA