Directed by renowned cineaste Majid Majidi, the award-winning movie will be among the competition titles at the 45th edition of the American film event.
‘Sun Children’ tells the story of four child laborers who are led by Ali- a driven and voracious young boy. Ali masterminds petty crimes to commit with his friends besides working worthless jobs to survive. Everything begins with Ali being taken on by a criminal to find an underground treasure that is laid underneath of a school that gives second chances to youth like these four.
When they enroll in the school to retrieve the treasure, something starts to change in them due to the ambiance of the place and the good-hearted school staff.
Not being actors, the child cast of the flick has actually played on their experience of the street-life. However, their performances have been so brilliant that the film’s lead character, Ali portrayed by Rouhollah Zamani, gained a Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Int’l Film Festival in Italy.
The film, that has already toured various film events and grabbed awards, is Iran’s representative at the 2021 Oscars.
Notable among the cast of the film are Javad Ezzati, Ali Nassiriyan and Tannaz Tabatabaee.
The CLIFF aims to promote films that have artistic and cultural significance through screening such movies.
This year’s edition of the fest is slated for April 7-20.