Elisabeth (Shohreh Aghdashloo) © New Line Cinema
think the pope is pretty busy," said director Catherine Hardwicke, referring to
the Pope’s recent trip to
Nativity Story," which opens in the
is played by Australian-born Keisha Castle-Hughes, of "Whale Rider" fame, who
was not present at the premiere. Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who was
nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in "House of Sand and Fog,"
102-minute film was shot between
praised "The Passion," but said she tried to do a more uniting film than
Gibson's blockbuster about the last hours of Jesus
Joseph (Oscar Isaac), Mary ( Keisha Castle-Hughes) and
Baby Jesus © New Line Cinema
Before the screening, Archbishop John Foley, a
"Cinema, a powerful means of communication, once again carries a universal message," he told the audience.
hope that people might relate to the relationship in the film, Mary and Joseph,
and how their love grows and gets stronger as each one of them has challenges,"
Elisabeth (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and Zechariah
Producers said earlier this month that proceeds from the event would go toward the construction of a school in a village that is some 25 miles from
The village, Mughar, whose population includes Christians and Muslims, was one of the Israeli towns hit by rockets fired by Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrillas over the summer.
Nativity Story" was produced by New Line Cinema, the company that made "The Lord
of the Rings" trilogy.
Iranian Shaun Toub Stars as Joachim and Palestinian-Israeli actress
Hiam Abbass (
the good Job Shohreh Jan, same thing for you Shaun for our prayers are with
2006 has been a particularly fulfilling year for our International expat Star and 2003 Oscar Nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo whose performances in X-Men III and The Lake House opposite some of Hollywood’s Bankable and Critically Acclaimed Stars has made the admiration of her Iranian colleagues and Diaspora community. It is also a happy Irony to see two Iranian and Muslim affiliated actors, Aghdashloo and Toub portray Biblical Christian Icons in an era where Iranian nationals are so often typecast as Middle Eastern terrorists.
Author’s Notes :
Official Website for The Nativity Story : http://www.thenativitystory.com/
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian and Media Consultant.
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