Sun Children

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Title

Sun Children

Director

Majid Majidi

Producer

Majid Majidi, Amir Banan

Nationality

Iran

Year

2020

Duration

99

Language

Farsi

Format

5.1

Ratio

1.85:1

Original Title

Khorshid

Synopsis

Synopsis


In bustling Teheran, 12-year old Ali and his friends, a gang of mischievous street children, are hired by a dangerous criminal to pull off a heist of buried treasure hidden close to a school. To gain access, the kids must enroll and through education they begin to discover a different treasure:  the one within themselves.

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Press

“A heart-rending story with unexpected depth of emotion… it has guts and heart and a grubby, street-smart charisma. It’s one of the finest films playing in this year’s Venice competition…” “Energetic and heartfelt, tipping towards tragedy, Sun Children crawls through the mud and emerges all the stronger. The quest is a red herring; the real treasure is the film.”

THE GUARDIAN ⭑⭑⭑⭑

“Quite the thrill ride, mixing a Dickensian, social-realist account of children in poverty in Tehran with a kinetic, far-fetched heist movie… a crowdpleaser…a thrilling portrait of youth… (with) scene- stealing Shamila Shirzad turning in the best performance of the film.” 

INDIEWIRE

“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, exploited and abused young people, and Sun Children is one of his very best.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“I was reminded of “The Florida Project”, one of the best films about children of the 21st century… 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…The kids compel and entertain.”

VARIETY

“Refreshing… A film that has its heart firmly in the right place”.

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Festivals
& Awards

Venice Film Festival - Competition

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent

Shortlisted Best International Feature Film - Oscars 2021

Doha Ajyal Film Festival - Hilal Best Feature Film Award

Lanterna Magica Award - Venice

Leeds IFF - Opening Film

Transatlantyk IFF (Poland)

Alice in the City (Rome)

Sao Paulo Mostra

Miami Film Festival

Busan IFF

Stockholm IFF

Tallin Black Nights IFF

Macau IFF

Hainan IFF

La Havana IFF

Belgrade IFF

BUFF Malmo IFF

MOOOV Festival

Belgrade IFF

Munich Film Festival

Motovun IFF

Zlin Film Festival - Winner Golden Slipper Best Film - Junior Category

Stockfish film festival

Winner - Youth Jury Award - Vlissingen Film by the Sea Festival

Cast & Crew

Rouhollah Zamani Ali
Shamila Shirzad Zahra
Javad Ezzati School Vice Principal
Mahdi Mousavi Mamad
Abolfazl Shirzad Abolfazl
Mani Ghafouri Reza
Ali Nasirian Hashem
Tannaz Tabatabaie Ali’s Mom
Safar Mohammadi School Janitor
Ali Ghabeshi School Principal
Babak Lotfi School teacher
Director Majid Majidi
Screenplay Majid Majidi
Nima Javidi
Director of Cinematography Houman Behmanesh
Editor Hassan Hassandoust
Sound Mix & Design Mohammad Reza Delpak
Consulting Producer Mohammad Reza Saberi
Executive Producer Mehdi Badrlou
Set Designer Keyvan Moghadam
Composer Ramin Kousha
Project Manager Alir Reza Sabzevari
First Assistant Director & Coordinator Mohammad Asghari
Make-up Designer Mir Mohsen Mousavi Madani
Visual Effects Supervisor Javad Matouri
Sound-recording Hossein Bashash Bafekr
Costume Designer Amir Malekpour
Head of International Affairs Mohammad Reza Tashakkori
Still Photographer Sahab Zaribaf
Logo Designer Mohammad Rouholamin
Mohammad Houshmandi

Releases

Iran

04.11.2020

Indonesia - Falcon

05.05.2021

Spain - Caramel Films

14.05.2021

Sweden - Angel

04.06.2021

US - Strand Releasing

25.06.2021

Taiwan - Filmware

30.07.2021

Mexico - Alameda

19.08.2021

Italy - Europictures

02.09.2021