'Sun Children' is Iran's official entry for Oscars
Los Angeles: Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi's child labor 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 announced the decision on November 8. 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 the Oscars. His 1997 directorial 'Children's 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, had won the Oscar award for the category of best foreign-language film.