THE SONG OF SPARROWS

A FILM BY MAJID MAJIDI
LA Release Date: 04/10/09 | NY Release Date: 04/03/09

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SYNOPSIS
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Majid Majidiís morality tale opens in simple but stunning pastoral Iran, where an unassuming ostrich farmer, Karim (Berlin Film Festival Best Actor Winner Reza Naji), struggles to support his family, leading a simple and contented life in a small house. In a string of bad luck, Karimís daughter loses her expensive hearing aid, an ostrich comically runs away from the farm, and Karim is suddenly fired.† However, his financial woes are short-lived when Karim, who had traveled to Teheran in order to repair his daughterís hearing aid, stumbles upon an easy way to make money quickly in the bustling city: he inadvertently gives a man a ride on the back of his motorbike in return for a fee, a relatively good sum which prompts him to continue his taxi service on a regular basis. Every day Karim rides into town, bringing back home all kinds of rummage Ė old furniture, car parts etc., and soon finds himself entangled in a world of hustle, materialism and greed.†The people and material goods start to transform Karimís generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished, and Karim must find a way to reconcile his new life with the old.

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Grammy-nominated composer and musician Hossein Alizadeh, a master tar and setar player, provides the haunting score.

Winner - Best Actor, Reza Najie, Silver Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Reza Najie was awarded the Silver Bear as best actor for his performance.
Winner - Best Actor, Reza Najie, Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominee - Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear Award
Nominee - NAACP Image Award, Foreign Language Film


96 min, 35mm color, aspect ratio 1.85 flat, sound: Dolby SR, 6 reels, in Farsi with English
subtitles (country of origin: Iran), Rated PG for brief mild language



ABOUT WRITER-DIRECTOR MAJID MAJIDI
Director Majid MajidiBorn in Tehran in 1959, Majid Majidi developed an interest in acting at an early age and performed in several stage plays during his teenage years. He began his film career as an actor after a brief television stint and appeared in nine films, including Two Sightless Eyes (1983), Seeking Sanctuary (1984), and The Boycott (1985), three early films by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the celebrated Iranian filmmaker. While acting for other directors, Majidi, started making his own films.

After directing four short films ("Explosion," "Hudaj," "Exam Day" and "A Day with the Iraqi Prisoners" from 1984 to 1988), he made his feature film debut Baduk in 1991. Living in the border towns of the Baluchistan region in Iran, the Baduks are children who carry illegal merchandise across the Pakistanís border. Majidiís daring film focused on the plight of a teenage brother and sister who are kidnapped and sold to slave.

Director's Filmography:
2008 THE SONG OF SPARROWS
2005 THE WILLOW TREE
2001 BARAN
1999 THE COLOUR OF PARADISE
1997 CHILDREN OF HEAVEN
1996 THE FATHER
1992 BADUK

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CAST & CREW
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Reza Naji | Maryam Akbari | Kamran Dehghan |
Hamed Aghzai | Shabnam Aklaghi



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