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Children of Heaven

DVD cover
Directed by Majid Majidi
Produced by Amir Esfandiari, Mohammad Esfandiari
Written by Majid Majidi
Starring Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Release date(s) January 22, 1999 (USA)
Running time 89 min.
Language Persian
IMDb profile

Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian film. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998. It deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes, while also touching upon the more serious subject of the political situation in Iran as well as class differences between the rich and the poor and daily urban life. Poster for the film File links The following pages link to this file: Children of Heaven ... Majid Majidi Majid Majidi (Persian: مجید مجیدی; born 1959, Tehran, Persia (Iran)) is an Iranian film producer, director, and screenwriter. ... Antonio The Magician Esfandiari (born Amir Esfandiari, December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran) is a professional poker player. ... Majid Majidi Majid Majidi (Persian: مجید مجیدی; born 1959, Tehran, Persia (Iran)) is an Iranian film producer, director, and screenwriter. ... Miramax Films was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best non-English film released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

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Synopsis

Ali takes his little sister Zahra's shoes to the shoemaker to be repaired, but loses them on the way home. The siblings decide to keep the predicament a secret from their parents, knowing that there is no money to buy a replacement pair and fearing that they will be punished. They devise a scheme to share Ali's sneakers: Zahra will wear them to school in the morning and hand them off to Ali at midday so he can attend afternoon classes. This uncomfortable arrangement leads to one adventure after another as they attempt to hide the plan from their parents and teachers, attend to their schoolwork and errands, and acquire a new pair of shoes for Zahra.


Ali enters a high-profile children's footrace in hopes of receiving the third prize of a new pair of sneakers. He accidentally places first and wins another prize instead. The film ends with Zahra finding out that she will not get a new pair of shoes, but an epilogue explains that Ali eventually achieves the larger-scale success of having a racing career. However a quick shot of their father's bicycle at the end of the movie shows what appears to be the pink shoes Zahra had been focusing on earlier, implying she got the shoes after all.

Mir Farrokh Hashemian as Ali
Mir Farrokh Hashemian as Ali

Image File history File links Children_of_Heaven_Ali. ... Image File history File links Children_of_Heaven_Ali. ...

Background and critical response

The film was shot in Teheran. It was attempted to keep the filming secret in order to capture a more realistic image of the city. The production costs have been estimated at US$ 180,000. Tehran (also spelled Teheran) (تهران in Persian), population 8,000,000 (metropolitan: 10,000,000), is the capital of Iran and one of the major world cities. ...


Children of Heaven premiered in February of 1997 at the Teheran Fajr Film Festival and was awarded several national film awards. It started in the US on 22 January 1999, with a total US box office result of $930,000. After the film had become well-known worldwide due to the Oscar nomination, it was shown in several European, South American, and Asian countries between 1999 and 2001. The Fajr Film Festival or Fajr International Film Festival (Persian: جشنواره بین المللی فیلم فجر or simply جشنواره فیلم فجر) is Irans annual film festival, in Tehran. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Critical response to the film was very positive. Some critics compared it to Vittorio de Sica's 1948 Bicycle Thieves. The few negative voices found fault in a too simplistic storyline and unanswered questions in the movie. Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun-Times called it "very nearly a perfect movie for children", without the cynicism prevalent in American children's movies.[1] Vittorio De Sica (July 7, 1901 - November 13, 1974) was an Italian neorealist director and actor. ... Ladri di Biciclette, translated as Bicycle Thieves (also known as The Bicycle Thief in its U.S. release) is a 1948 Italian neorealist film, by Vittorio De Sica. ... Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970 Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, every week since 1967. ... New Chicago Sun-Times home located at 350 N. Orleans St. ...


Awards

In 1998, the film was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni. The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best non-English film released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... Life Is Beautiful (Italian: La vita è bella) is a 1997 Italian language film which tells the story of an Italian Jew, Guido Orefice (played by Roberto Benigni, who also directed the film), who lives in his own romantic fairy tale world, but must learn how to use his fertile imagination... Roberto Benigni as Johnny Stecchino Roberto Benigni (born October 27, 1952) is an Oscar-winning Italian film and television actor and director. ...


It was successfully shown on numerous film festivals and won awards at the Fajr Film Festival, the World Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival, and the Singapore International Film Festival. It was nominated for the Jury's Grand Prize at the American Film Institute's festival. The Fajr Film Festival or Fajr International Film Festival (Persian: جشنواره بین المللی فیلم فجر or simply جشنواره فیلم فجر) is Irans annual film festival, in Tehran. ... The Singapore International Film Festival (Siff) is an annual event first held in 1987. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ...


Trivia

  • In the English DVD version of the film, the epilogue is not translated.

Homerun

Homerun, a 2003 Singaporean film by Jack Neo, is an adaptation of Children of Heaven. Unlike Children of Heaven, Homerun's theme is friendship and the film is set in Singapore in 1965. Homerun received two nominations at the 2003 Golden Horse Awards, for Best Theme Song (拥有) and Best New Performer (Megan Zheng). Megan Zheng, then 10 years old, became the first Singaporean to win a Golden Horse Award, sharing her Best New Performer award with Wang Baoqiang, who plays a miner in Blind Shaft. A poster advertising the film. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... I Not Stupid, a successful film by Jack Neo Jack Neo (梁智强; pinyin: Liáng Zhìqiáng) is a Singaporean actor, host and film-maker. ... For other uses, see Friends (disambiguation), Friendship (disambiguation), and Best Friend (disambiguation) Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behaviour between two or more social entities. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Megan Zheng (born 8 October 1993) is a Singaporean child actress most well-known for her role in Jack Neos film, Homerun, released in 2003. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal) seam. ... Blind Shaft (Chinese: ; pinyin: Mángjǐng) is a 2003 film about a pair of brutal con artists operating in the illegal coal mines of present-day northern China. ...


References

This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding German Wikipedia article as of 2006-09-16. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ...

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