DIRECTOR: Majid Majidi
IRAN / 2020
SATURDAY 1 MAY 12.30PM
SATURDAY 29 MAY 12.30PM
RUNNING TIME: 110 MINS
Sun Children crawls through the mud and emerges all the stronger.
Ali (Roohollah Zamani) is a street-smart 12-year-old both in this film – and in real life. Ali’s father is dead, so he and his friends spend most of their time stealing tyres off cars and hustling shop owners to survive. Then Ali learns that a treasure is buried under a local school – and the only way to get at it is by leaving the school of the street and going back to the classroom. Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven) recruited real street kids from Teheran to play the leads in this gripping story. The plot unfolds with several twists and turns, but always comes back to the key issue: how modern-day societies often exploit vulnerable, poor children. “The message … is that we are all responsible to these children,” says Majidi. “Many of them are extremely talented and all are precious.” That message is cruelly underscored as the film shows Ali digging deep into the fabric of the school looking for treasure – or is he looking for an education? You will have to watch to find out.
AWARDS: Winner, Lanterna Magica Award. Venice Film Festival, 2020