Children of the sun: the trailer of the film by Majid Majidi presented in Venice 77

Sons of the Sun, chosen to represent Iran at the 2021 Oscars, will be released in Italian cinemas starting September 2, thanks to Europictures.

Among the most interesting films presented in competition at the last one Venice International Film Art Exhibition definitely figure Children of the sun (Khorshid), by the Iranian director Majid Majidi. Still unreleased in Italy, it will be released in theaters on 2 September thanks to Europictures.

The film has already aroused considerable critical success, as evidenced also by the awards and nominations obtained by the film, among which the Marcello Mastroianni Award 2020 in Venice 77 – went to the young protagonist Rohollah Zamani.

Children of the Sun was also chosen to represent Iran in the category Best International Film at the 2021 Oscars. Moreover, the director himself had already been nominated for an Oscar with another of his works, The Boys of Paradise, the first Iranian film to compete in the category.

Children of the sun: plot and trailer

Sons of the Sun touches on universal and profound themes, such as friendship, desire for redemption e hope, through a story that develops between the coming-of-age novel and adventure.

Below is the official synopsis of the film:

Twelve-year-old Ali and his three friends work hard to survive and support their families, including garage jobs and petty crime. With an almost miraculous twist, Ali is given the responsibility of recovering a treasure hidden underground. The young man then recruits his gang, but to gain access to the tunnel the children will first have to enroll in the Sun School, a charity aimed at training street children and child workers, located near the hidden treasure.

On the occasion of the Italian release, the trailer of the film, along with some statements by the director which explain the genesis of the film:

I have always been thrilled with the amazing world of children. As a director, I am genuinely attracted to young people, they are my inspiration: their passion, originality, imagination and freedom, which allows them to embark on their adventures. (…) I didn’t want to make a serious controversy on child labor. I wanted to make a film that was fun, energetic, joyful, full of adventure and courage, that would show how capable, resourceful and resilient these children are. To tackle dark issues like child labor, you need empathy and humor, so I decided to create a dangerous adventure in search of a treasure. The word “treasure” moves everyone and means something different for everyone, because it is an unexpected hope of finding something special, magical.

Empathy ed humor: these are the feelings that guided the director in the making of the film, which also emerge from these first images of the film.

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