Twelve-year-old Ali and his three friends do small jobs and petty crimes to survive and support their families.
In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is tasked by the neighbourhood crime boss with finding a hidden underground treasure. In order to gain access to the tunnel where the treasure is buried, Ali and his gang must first to enrol at the nearby Sun School, a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids and child labourers.
Featuring a non-professional cast of children recruited from the streets of Tehran, Iran’s 2021 Oscar entry was shortlisted for Best International Feature, and won two awards at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, including the Marcello Mastroianni Award for child actor Rouhollah Zamani.
Sun Children’s Tehran-born director, co-writer and co-producer Majid Majidi was the first Iranian director to receive an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for Children of Heaven (1996).
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“Majid Majidi’s cast of young toughs digging for treasure under a school deliver a heart-rending story with unexpected depth of emotion.”
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