IFFI 2017 -  48th International Film Festival of India

The film by legendary Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is set to be the curtain raiser at the 48th International Film Festival of India in Goa on the 20th of November, 2017. The two hour Indian Masterpiece was also Nominated for the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival 2017. Apart from marking the official debut of the young talent Ishaan Khattar into the world of cinema, this film is also the first Indian film by Majid Majidi. Beyond the Clouds also features the South Indian actress, Malavika Mohanan in one of the lead roles.

This might perhaps be the first time that an international film maker of repute and acclaim, has shot and produced his entire film in India with an Indian producer and a complete Indian cast & crew.


Beyond The Clouds revolves around the adoration of love, life and human relationships between a brother and sister  which takes place  the ever bustling city of Mumbai. This particular film, is a trilingual one, i.e. it will have dialogues in three languages which are English, Tamil and Hindi. Bollywood veteran and seven time National Film Award winner Vishal Bhardwaj handled the scripting for the hindi dialogues. He is known for working on scripts for some acclaimed films like Talvar, Kaminey and Haider in the past. He applauded Mr Majid’s understanding of cinema and respect to the language.

Majid Majidi is a prominent Iranian film director who has an illustrious career with a long list of awards and nominations like the 1998 Oscar nomination for the best film and the Grand Prix Des Ameriques award at the 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001. His movie, The Song of Sparrows won the Special Award for Best Foreign Language Film National Board of Review, New York 2008. Other than these, he is best known for films like Children of Heaven & Children of Paradise which are loved by crowds all over.

Oscar winner A.R Rahman was roped in to compose the music for the film. Rahman and Majid have worked together previously on the film ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’, which won the Cinematographer-Director Duo Award at the The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage 2015.

The film will be have its India premiere post the Inaugural ceremony on the 20th of November. Majidi, along with the lead actors, Oscar winning music director A.R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj is expected to attend the premiere on November 20th .

Celebrate Films, Celebrate Goa, Celebrate IFFI 2017

Courtesy: IFFI Goa Blog