Original name: (Sun Children/ خورشید)
Drama, 99 min, 2020, Iran
Director & Producer: Majid Majidi
Writers: Nima Javidi, Majid Majidi
Cast: Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Roohollah Zamani, Shamila Shirzad, Albolfazl Shirzad
Sun Children is the story of 12-year-old Ali and his three friends. Together they work hard to survive and support their families, doing small jobs in a garage and committing petty crimes to make fast money. In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is entrusted to find a hidden treasure underground. He recruits his gang, but first, to gain access to the tunnel, the children must enroll at the Sun School, a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids and child laborers, close to where the treasure is located.
Born in Tehran in 1959, Majid Majidi is one of the most prominent Iranian directors and the
first Iranian director to receive an Academy Award® Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for Children of Heaven (1996).
Majidi began his career as an actor before beginning to direct. He appeared as an actor in
Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Boycott (1986).
Festivals & Awards:
Venice Film Festival (2020), Competition. Winner of Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent