Zamani received Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the Venezia 77 section of the Italian event.
Made by Iranian filmmaking master Majid Majidi, ‘Sun Children’ tells the story of four young friends.
They work quite hard to financially support their needy families while they sometimes commit petty crimes to make easy money.
Everything changes, however, when one of them is entrusted to find a hidden treasure underground, but he must first enroll at the Sun (Khorshid) School, a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids and children suffering child labor.
The movie is a depiction of the contrast between the world of children and adults, which is clearly shown by the children and the path they are about to take to become grown-ups.
The film represents the lack of education and repressive attitudes that deprive these children of their childhood.
In this regard, special attention has been paid to the issue of playing which normally defines a part of childhood.
Majidi was earlier quoted by the local media as saying, “The message of ‘Sun Children’ is that we are all responsible for these children, many of whom are extremely talented and all of whom are precious.”
He also noted that “it is simply not tolerable that their social and economic status consigns them to a future of limited opportunities and poor prospects.”
‘Sun Children’ won the Crystal Simorgh for best film at the 38th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran this February.
Co-written by Nima Javidi and Majidi, some notable actors such as Ali Nasiriyan, Javad Ezzati, and Tanaz Tabatabaee have appeared in the film.
The 77th Venice Film Festival, one of the oldest film events in the world and Europe, was held on September 2-12, 2020 in Venice, Italy.