My background in overseas projects helpful in making “Bomb”: Peyman Maadi

February 4, 2018

TEHRAN – Peyman Maadi, the actor of “Camp X-Ray” and “Last Knights”, has said that his previous experience in several big overseas projects has been helpful for him to direct his second movie, “Bomb, a Love Story”. 

He co-starred with Kristen Stewart in U.S. director Peter Sattler’s debut “Camp X-Ray” and collaborated in Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya’s action adventure “Last Knights”.

The story of “Bomb, a Love Story” is set in Tehran during the 1980s when the city was under Iraqi missile attacks.

“The story of the film is about love that is paling over and over,” Maadi said in a press conference on Saturday after a screening of his film at the 36th Fajr Film Festival.

He said, “I didn’t intend to illustrate violence in my film otherwise I would make a film about modern violence, but at that time we witnessed a violent era, during which most of us were beaten at schools and love was only an insignificant issue in a harsh time.”

Maadi also co-stars with Leila Hatami, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “A Separation”, in “Bomb, a Love Story”.  

The film’s music has been composed by Greek musician Eleni Karaindrou, whom Maadi met in October when he collaborated as a juror with the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.

“I have loved her works since long ago and gave some of them to Ms. Hatami to make her familiar with the ambiance of the film’s story,” Maadi Said.

“It was a great honor to have her [Karaindrou] on this project. She is like my aunt and I call her frequently and she asks about my children and fortunately likes the film very much,” he added.

Maadi’s directorial debut “The Snow on the Pines” won popular acclaim in 2012.

Photo: Director Peyman Maadi (R) poses during a photocall for “Truck” at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran on February 3, 2018. (Mehr/Mohammadreza Abbasi)

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