The Kingdom of Solomon

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The Kingdom of Solomon
Poster-2.jpg
Official poster of the English version
Directed by Shahriar Bahrani
Produced by Mojtaba Faravardeh
Written by Shahriar Bahrani
Starring Amin Zendegani
Elham Hamidi
Mahmud Pakniyat
Music by Chan Kwong Wing[1]
Cinematography Hamid Khozouee
Edited by Mohammadreza Muini
Distributed by Farabi Cinematic Foundation[2]
Release date(s)
  • 5 October 2010 (2010-10-05)[1]
Running time 110 Min
Country Iran
Language Persian
Budget $5.1 million[3]
Box office $3 million

The Kingdom of Solomon is an Iranian religious/historical film trilogy,[4] produced by Mojtaba Faravardeh and directed by Shahriar Bahrani who has made Saint Mary before. The Kingdom of Solomon was going to be released internationally on November 2010 after its screening in Iran, but due to some technicalities its global release has been delayed. The film tells the life story of Prophet Solomon, the King of Israelites. It is mostly based on the Islamic accounts of Solomon's prophetic life extracted from the Qur'an but it also draws upon parallels found in some Jewish texts.[5]

Plot[edit]

Solomon is a wise prophet selected as the crown prince by his father King David (Dawud in Islamic texts) when he was 9. Following Prophet David's death, Solomon succeeds to the crown and God appoints him as a prophet. Requesting from God the establishment of a divine kingdom, Solomon takes the wind under his command and jinns and demons under his control. Inviting rulers of the neighbouring lands to the monotheistic religion, Prophet Solomon continues his divine mission in as much as Balqis, the Queen of Sheba professes monotheism. At the end, while leaning on his cane, Solomon bids farewell to the world, and the jinns and demons get out of reign and return to their own world.

Part one[edit]

Solomon, the prophet and king of Judah, asks God to grant him an ideal kingdom and a promised paradise not to be given to anyone until the end of the world. For this to be fulfilled, he should face the world of the devils (jinns and demons), their materialization, and an imminent and cruel war with them. Filled with disbelief and blasphemy, the heads of the different tribes of the Israelites reject his calls for help. When disaster strikes and the people get demonic and lunatic, barely can Solomon control the crisis. But as soon as the creatures take material form, he prays for God's help and favour to overcome their onslaught. So God helps him and the devils get scared of Prophet Solomon.

Part two[edit]

Filming of this past has not begun yet but its production and casting is under review: Solomon is announced by God in the Qur'an to have control over various elements, such as winds, to use them for different purposes including transportation. He travels to several territories and builds towers and monuments using the power of jinns. He also sets up a crystal palace in Jerusalem al-Quds. Then he meets the Queen of Sheba and, according to Islamic texts, introduces her into Islam ("submission to God").

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

The 28th Fajr Film Festival 2010[edit]

At the 28th Fajr International Film Festival, The Kingdom of Solomon was nominated for 9awards in the National section and won 5Crystal Simorghs which are as follows:

  • The best music Crystal Simorgh for Chan Kwong Wing
  • The best Visual Effects Crystal Simorgh for Leo Lo
  • The best Make up Crystal Simorgh for Saeed Malekan
  • The best Sound Effects Crystal Simorgh for Kinson Tsang
  • The best supporting actor Crystal Simorgh for Mahdi Faghih

Beside Parts of International Fajr Film Festival[edit]

  • The Golden Flag (Mustafa Eghad's Award)
  • The Festival's Golden Plaque Award

The 14th Iranian Cinema Celebration 2010[edit]

  • The Best Cinematography Competence Golden Statue for Hamid Khozuee Abianeh
  • The Best Cloth Design Competence Golden Statue for Hamid Ghadirian
  • The Best Production Design Competence Golden Statue for Hamid Ghadirian
  • The Best Visual Effects Competence Golden Statue for Leo Lo

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