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Children of Heaven (1997)

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Coming Out at 1997 in theaters

Drama, Family

Children of Heaven is family drama film directed and written by Majid Majidi. The film stars Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Reza Naji, Fereshte Sarabandi, Dariush Mokhtari, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi and Mohammed-Hasan Hosseinian. The film primiered at 1 February 1997 on Fajr Film Festival.

Two children concoct an elaborate scheme to cover up the loss of a pair of shoes in this family drama from Iran. Ali (Mohammad Amir Naji) and Zahra (Mir Farrokh Hashemian) are a brother and sister growing up in a poor neighborhood. Ali is given the responsibility of picking up Zahra’s shoes from the repair shop, since she needs them to attend school. Ali makes the mistake of setting them down outside a market, and moments later they’re swiped by a beggar. Ali and Zahra are convinced that their parents will be furious when they discover the shoes have been lost, since they can’t afford a new pair, so Ali gets an idea — Zahra is scheduled to attend classes in the morning, while Ali goes to school in the afternoon. Zahra can wear Ali’s sneakers to school, and she’ll trade them off to Ali when he comes in for the afternoon session. They hope the scheme will work long enough to keep Zahra in school until her shoes can be found, but matters get more complicated when Ali is entered in a 4k run.

Director: Majid Majidi

Writer: Majid Majidi

Stars: Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Reza Naji, Fereshte Sarabandi, Dariush Mokhtari, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi, Mohammed-Hasan Hosseinian

►Cast

Mohammad Amir NajiAli’s Father
Amir Farrokh HashemianAli
Bahare SeddiqiZahra
Nafise Jafar-MohammadiRoya
Fereshte SarabandiAli’s Mother
Kamal MirkarimiAssistant
Behzad RafiTrainer
Dariush MokhtariAli’s Teacher
Mohammad-Hasan HosseinianRoya’s Father
Masume DairRoya’s Mother
Kambiz PeykarnegarRace Organizer
Hasan RoohparvariRace Photographer
Abbas-Ali RoomandiShoemaker
Jafar SeyfollahiGreen Grocer
Qolamreza MalekiSalt Seller
Zahra MirzaiZahra’s Teacher
Sara ZamaniTrainer
Mohammad Haj-HosseiniMosque Servant
Kazem AsqarpoorGrand Father
Mohammad-Hossein ShahidiAlireza
Seyd-Ali HosseiniAli’s Friend
Haj-Ali SalimiOld Man
Ahmad PourmokhberMash Ramezan
Golnaz TariqatMs. Koubab
Mash-Ebrahim SafariAli’s Father’s Friend
Davud ShamsShoe Seller
Azade Qale NoiVideo Cameraman
Faramarz SafarizadehVideo Cameraman
Hossein AhamdlooPhotographer
Siamak Haj-AminiPhotographer
Soheil Haj-AminiPhotographer
Rahman KharazchiReferee
Jamshid YusefiReferee
Javad KazemiReferee
Mohammad OskooiAward Presenter
Reza DehghanAward Presenter
Ali ChaharianAward Presenter
Amir-Ali KazemiFirst Runner
Navid FeyzabadiSecond Runner / Third Runner
Pasha Shoja ZadehFourth Runner
Moshen Qadiri NejadRunner
Amir Hossein TavakkoliRunner
Hadi MalekiRunner
Mohammad Hossein MortavaziRunner
Seyed Karym AlikhaniRunner
Christopher MalekiSalt Seller

( Read more cast details on imdb )

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