Magazine article Screen International

Italy Lines Up First Iran Shoot in More Than 50 Years

Magazine article Screen International

Italy Lines Up First Iran Shoot in More Than 50 Years

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Costanza Quatriglio's (The Island) drama Just Like My Son is to become the first sizeable Italian production to shoot in Iran in more than 50 years.

The Italian-Belgian-Croatian co-production, which has already shot in Italy, charts the story of an Afghan teenage boy who escapes civil wars and the Taliban.

Iranian production partner Farzad Pak of Tangerine Film has now joined the project.

The Italian, Persian and English-language film, which will shoot 30% of its story in the regions of Varamin, Sangan and Baragan from April 15, is the first Italian fiction feature to have an Iranian partner since the 1960s.

"This is the first Italian fiction film shot and co-produced with Iran," Ascent producer Andrea Paris told Screen.

"Bureaucratically it hasn't been easy; the Iranian cinema industry is well developed but not very open to foreign productions. It took six months for us to get all the necessary authorizations".

Just Like My Son, inspired by true events, tells the story of Ismail who as a child escaped from the persecution of the Hazara ethnic minority of Afghanistan. …

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