Iran selects Majid Majidi drama Sun Children as official entry for Oscars 2021
Sun Children will be Majid Majidi's sixth film to represent Iran at the Oscars.
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi's child labour drama Sun Children will be representing Iran in the best international feature film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
According to Variety, the delegation of the representative of Iranian cinema to the Oscar ceremony announced the decision on Sunday.
The committee said that it screened 90 films and the final shortlist included titles like Walnut Tree, Yalda: A Night for Forgiveness and Careless Crime.
This will be Majidi's sixth film to represent Iran in Oscars. His 1997 directorial Children of Heaven made it to the final nominations in the category in 1998, but lost to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni.
Sun Children had its world premiere in competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival in September.
The movie's lead actor, Ruhollah Zamani, was named the best young actor at the festival and won the Marcello Mastroianni Award. Majidi was presented with the Lanterna Magica award.
The story revolves around a small group of kids who sign up for education at a community organisation, with the intention of using it to pull off a heist.
The film touches upon child labor in Iran, inequality, and the deficiencies of the country’s school system.
In the past Iran's A Separation (2012) and The Salesman (2017) both directed by Asghar Farhadi, have won the best foreign language film Oscar.
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