Rouhollah Zamani, the lead actor of Majid Majidi’s Oscar shortlisted baby labor drama “Solar Youngsters” and winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award for greatest younger actor or actress on the Venice Movie Pageant, has been solid in a TV drama collection, “Mehdi Bakeri,” about troopers within the Iran-Iraq Battle. Selection has been given the primary picture from the collection (above).
In the meantime, gross sales agent Celluloid Desires has informed Selection that “Solar Youngsters,” which is shortlisted within the Worldwide Characteristic Movie class for the 93rd Academy Awards, has been acquired by extra distributors, together with Mongrel Media in Canada, and Bodega Movies in France.
Different territories offered embrace German-speaking Europe (MFA+ Movie Distribution), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Scandinavia (Angel Movies), Spain (Caramel Movies), Turkey (Filmarti Movie), Mexico (Alameda Movies), Indonesia (Falcon Photos), Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Suraya), and Taiwan (Filmware). The movie was beforehand picked up by Strand within the U.S.
“Solar Youngsters’s” manufacturing staff held greater than 3,000 auditions over a four-month interval earlier than figuring out its baby actors. Some are baby employees, like Shamila Shirzad and her brother Abolfazl, who’re Afghan immigrants on display screen and likewise in actual life, and attend a college for baby employees.
Like Shamila and Abolfazl, Rouhollah had by no means acted earlier than. “He was pure, with a uncooked vitality, decided to provide greater than anticipated,” Majidi stated. “To solid the primary character was the toughest job. However Rouhollah surpassed all of the others as a result of he had such an depth, such a want to get the lead — very similar to the character within the film, so decided to seek out the treasure and save his mom.”
Within the TV collection, Rouhollah performs a teenage volunteer who has gone to battle within the Iran-Iraq Battle, and finds himself besieged by the enemy together with one other teenager. The collection is directed by Hadi Hejazifar and produced by Abolfazl Safari at Sima Movies.
Majidi informed Selection: “It’s so gratifying for me to see Rouhollah proceed as an actor. He’s lots just like the boy in ‘Solar Youngsters’ — resourceful, courageous, filled with initiative. I do know he’ll thrive as a result of he now has alternative.” With the movie staff’s help, Rouhollah has enrolled in an appearing college, which he’ll attend as soon as the pandemic is over.
“Solar Youngsters” is the story of 12-year-old Ali and his three buddies. Collectively they work arduous to outlive and help their households, doing small jobs in a storage and committing petty crimes to make quick cash. Ali is enlisted to discover a treasure hidden underground. He recruits his gang, however first, to realize entry to the tunnel, the youngsters should enroll on the Solar Faculty, a charitable establishment that tries to teach avenue youngsters and baby laborers, near the place the treasure is positioned.
Majidi stated: “The true treasure, for my part, is these youngsters and their potential. Schooling is their inalienable proper and it’s the key to their futures. After all, not all youngsters are pure students, and plenty of don’t like sitting in a classroom, nevertheless it offers them time to breathe and to develop and to find themselves and others round them. It’s an opportunity all youngsters want. The juxtaposition of the college and the treasure creates a metaphor to spotlight the significance of training and the necessity to dig inside your self to seek out your treasure.”
The movie’s producer, Amir Banan, informed Selection that the movie’s staff are campaigning arduous for extra colleges for baby laborers, just like the one featured within the movie, to be arrange in Iran.
“Utilizing the film, we intend to launch a well-liked marketing campaign in Iran so that folks, along with watching this movie, may also help enhance the variety of these colleges for baby employees, in addition to elevating the attention of kid labor,” Banan stated.
“Youngsters must take their correct place on this planet. Up to now the Iranian public has been very conscious of Mr. Majidi’s career-long advocacy for younger folks by way of his movies—we’re optimistic about creating alternatives and alter.”