Trailer

Play Dates

NEW RESTORATION AND SUBTITLES

January 28        Houston, TX        MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
virtual Q&A with actor Madjid Niroumand!

January 28        Boston, MA        MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON

February 3 – 8        Seattle, WA        SIFF


February 10        Washington, DC        NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART
with actor Madjid Niroumand in person!

February 11 & 13        Silver Spring, MD        AFI SILVER THEATRE

February 11 & 13        Chicago, IL        GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER

March 1        Ithaca, NY        CORNELL CINEMA

March 18        Boulder, CO        INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

April 8        Toronto, ON        TIFF CINEMATHEQUE
Canadian restoration premiere! Virtual Q&A with actor Madjid Niroumand!

April 22 – 23        Detroit, MI        DETROIT FILM THEATRE

May 21 & 24        Amherst, MA        AMHERST CINEMA

The Runner Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura

About

Iran, 1984
Director: Amir Naderi
Producer: Ali Reza Zarrin
Cast: Madjid Niroumand, Moussa Torkizadeh, Abbas Nazeri
Screenwriter: Amir Naderi, Behrouz Gharibpour
Cinematography: Firouz Malekzadeh
Genre: Drama
Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Running Time: 91 minutes

Synopsis:
Amiro, an illiterate 11-year-old orphan living alone in an abandoned tanker in the Iranian port city of Abadan, survives by shining shoes, selling water, and diving for deposit bottles, while being bullied by both adults and competing older kids. But he finds solace by dreaming about departing cargo ships and airplanes and by running...seemingly to nowhere.

Restored from the original negative in 2K by Cineric.

Reviews and Quotes 2

"Like Buñuel, Naderi shows a keen understanding of children's
camaraderie and determination"
— Ted Shen, Chicago Reader

"A SMALL JEWEL YOU MUST TRY TO SEE."
— Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

"The Runner hovers somewhere
between poetry and documentary."
— Hal Hinson, The Washington Post

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