PG, mature themes.
Dir: Majid Majidi, Iran, 2020, 99 min.
Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Roohollah Zamani. In Persian with English Subtitles.
Winner of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award.
“Iranian director Majid Majidi has made some of the most visually stunning and emotionally stirring films in world cinema about the plight of under-privileged young people, and Sun Children is one of his very best. The story of street boys commissioned by a local boss to dig for a treasure unfolds around an urban schoolyard and the clever, freckled face of 12-year-old Ali, a stereotype-buster of non-stop courage… He directs his gang – Reza, Maman and the small Afghan boy Abolfazi – in petty crimes at the behest of a neighborhood don… Ali is instructed to take his boys and enroll in the Sun School, a charitable institution for working kids whose teachers aren’t cold-hearted bureaucrats but idealistic educators… Ali’s brief is to find an underground tunnel that leads under the cemetery next door, where he is to look for a lost but unspecified treasure.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter “If one intention of Sun Children is to remind that all kids are created equal, deserving of education and encouragement, Majidi’s young ensemble makes the case loud and clear… His kids compel and entertain.” – Peter Debruge, Variety