Afkhami keen to improve “Morning Son”

April 7, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Filmmaker Behruz Afkhami has proposed to the production company Oruj Films to complete the film “Morning Son” based on his own tastes.

Afkhami had earlier said that he no longer deems himself the director of “The Morning Son”, a biopic about the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. He made the decision after Oruj Films did not agree to change the film’s sound effects and dubbings that had been recorded in Afkhami’s absence.
“During a recent meeting I had with the director of Oruj Films, Hojjatoleslam Hossein Shahmoradi, I proposed to re-edit the movie based on what deceased Seifollah Daad had conducted, to change the movie sound into Dolby Digital, and even to arrange for the production of the film’s music at my own personal expense.
“Of course, part of the changes would definitely take place outside Iran, but in exchange I have demanded the right for an international screening of the movie,” he told the Persian service of MNA on Wednesday.
“Shahmoradi is also due to discuss the issue with the Institute for the Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works and they will let me know about their final decision,” he said. The company has the rights for public screening of the movie inside the country.
Afkhami had previously stated that he only deems himself the screenwriter for the movie. The movie also received negative reviews from reporters and critics at the 29th Fajr Film Festival due to its inferior soundtrack and dubbings.
“Several long scenes were missing from the copy screened at Fajr festival and others were used improperly. I am planning to re-edit some scenes and take the film back to what it was before,” he explained.
Oruj Films former director Mehdi Argani had previously said that the production of the film, which began in 2004, cost 35 billion rials (over $3.5 million).
Hadi Heidari and Abdorreza Akbari have been cast in the roles of Imam Khomeini in youth and adulthood respectively.
Hedyeh Tehrani, Atila Pesyani, Mohammadreza Sharifinia, and Elika Abdorrazzaqi play other key roles.