Rouhollah Zamani, the lead actor of Majid Majidi’s Oscar shortlisted little one labor drama “Sun Children” and winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award for greatest younger actor or actress on the Venice Film Festival, has been cast in a TV drama sequence, “Mehdi Bakeri,” about troopers in the Iran-Iraq War. Variety has been given the primary picture from the sequence (above).
Meanwhile, gross sales agent Celluloid Dreams has instructed Variety that “Sun Children,” which is shortlisted in the International Feature Film class for the 93rd Academy Awards, has been acquired by extra distributors, together with Mongrel Media in Canada, and Bodega Films in France.
Other territories offered embrace German-speaking Europe (MFA+ Film Distribution), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Scandinavia (Angel Films), Spain (Caramel Films), Turkey (Filmarti Film), Mexico (Alameda Films), Indonesia (Falcon Pictures), Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Suraya), and Taiwan (Filmware). The movie was beforehand picked up by Strand in the U.S.
“Sun Children’s” manufacturing group held greater than 3,000 auditions over a four-month interval earlier than figuring out its little one actors. Some are little one staff, like Shamila Shirzad and her brother Abolfazl, who’re Afghan immigrants on display screen and in addition in actual life, and attend a college for little one staff.
Like Shamila and Abolfazl, Rouhollah had by no means acted earlier than. “He was pure, with a uncooked power, decided to provide greater than anticipated,” Majidi mentioned. “To cast the primary character was the toughest job. But Rouhollah surpassed all of the others as a result of he had such an depth, such a want to get the lead — very like the character in the film, so decided to seek out the treasure and save his mom.”
In the TV sequence, Rouhollah performs a teenage volunteer who has gone to combat in the Iran-Iraq War, and finds himself besieged by the enemy together with one other teenager. The sequence is directed by Hadi Hejazifar and produced by Abolfazl Safari at Sima Films.
Majidi instructed Variety: “It’s so gratifying for me to see Rouhollah proceed as an actor. He’s so much just like the boy in ‘Sun Children’ — resourceful, courageous, filled with initiative. I do know he’ll thrive as a result of he now has alternative.” With the movie group’s help, Rouhollah has enrolled in an appearing faculty, which he’ll attend as soon as the pandemic is over.
“Sun Children” is the story of 12-year-old Ali and his three mates. Together they work laborious to outlive and assist their households, doing small jobs in a storage and committing petty crimes to make quick cash. Ali is enlisted to discover a treasure hidden underground. He recruits his gang, however first, to realize entry to the tunnel, the youngsters should enroll on the Sun School, a charitable establishment that tries to coach road youngsters and little one laborers, near the place the treasure is positioned.
Majidi mentioned: “The actual treasure, in my opinion, is these youngsters and their potential. Education is their inalienable proper and it’s the key to their futures. Of course, not all kids are pure students, and many do not like sitting in a classroom, however it offers them time to breathe and to develop and to find themselves and others round them. It’s an opportunity all youngsters want. The juxtaposition of the varsity and the treasure creates a metaphor to spotlight the significance of training and the necessity to dig inside your self to seek out your treasure.”
The movie’s producer, Amir Banan, instructed Variety that the movie’s group are campaigning laborious for extra faculties for little one laborers, just like the one featured in the movie, to be arrange in Iran.
“Using the film, we intend to launch a well-liked marketing campaign in Iran so that individuals, in addition to watching this movie, will help improve the variety of these faculties for little one staff, in addition to elevating the attention of kid labor,” Banan mentioned.
“Children have to take their correct place in the world. In the previous the Iranian public has been very attentive to Mr. Majidi’s career-long advocacy for younger individuals by way of his movies—we’re optimistic about creating alternatives and alter.”