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UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: Sun Children

Sun Children (2020)
February 12, 2021 - 6:00 am to March 15, 2021 - 11:59 pm

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Sun Children will be available for streaming on the Eventive platform from Friday, February 12 through Monday, March 15. Admission is $10. A portion of your purchase will support the Archive’s public programs.

Shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film!

Sun Children (Iran, 2020)

Iranian writer-director Majid Majidi earned his international reputation, in part, for sensitive portrayals of the inner lives of children that includes the Oscar-nominated Children of Heaven (1997). Newcomer Nima Javidi has established himself more recently as a writer-director of taut thrillers, including the Fajr Film Festival award-winner The Warden (2019). Neither shies away from depicting the stark realities of contemporary Iran that circumscribe their characters’ choices. All of this comes together in Sun Children, directed by Majidi from a script co-written with Javidi about a band of street urchins who undertake a daring caper for a local Fagin. Led by the charismatic Ali, the motley crew cons its way into a school for at-risk youth so they can tunnel from its basement to the graveyard across the street where a buried treasure lies. Majidi extracts a gripping tension from their inch-by-inch efforts as they evade detection, roll with the vicissitudes of the adult world and cling to the dreams that drive them on. After premiering to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, Sun Children is Iran’s official selection for this year’s Oscar race for Best International Feature Film.

Color, in Persian with English subtitles, 99 min. Director: Majid Majidi. Screenwriter: Majid Majidi, Nima Javidi. With: Ali Nasirian, Rouhollah Zamani, Mahdi Mousavi.

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