ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED DIRECTOR MAJID MAJIDI'S "THE WILLOW TREE" BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS
TO BECOME THE HIGHEST GROSSING DRAMA IN IRAN
Published Oct 19, 2005
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New York—GreeneStreet Films International announced today that Academy Award nominee director Majid Majid’s feature film THE WILLOW TREE surpassed 600,000 admissions to become the highest grossing drama ever in Iran.
Previously Majidi’s most successful film, THE COLOR OF PARADISE, which triumphed at the international box office, totaled 250,000 admissions in Iran in its entire run. The film was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics to become the highest grossing Iranian film in the United States. Majid Majid’s CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, distributed by Miramax Films, was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the best foreign-language film category.
THE WILLOW TREE won four awards at the Fajr Film Festival in Teheran, including the Audience Award, and had its international premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.
THE WILLOW TREE tells the story a blind university professor who recovers his sight thanks to a revolutionary cure ‑ only to realize that his wife, his house, the world around him and ultimately his own life do not look quite the way he had imagined them…
GreeneStreet Films International, the sales and acquisitions arm of independent finance and production company GreeneStreet Films, is also handling sales on THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, UNKNOWN starring Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Joe Pantoliano and Jeremy Sisto, SLOW BURN starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Pfeifer and Taye Diggs, 2001 MANIACS starring Robert Englund from horror label Raw Nerve, and ONCE IN A LIFETIME, a documentary about the 1970’s soccer dream-team, the New York Cosmos, from Academy Award winning producer John Battsek.
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