Join us at The Frida Cinema on Sunday, April 2nd as we present a very special screening of 1984's The Runner! Joining us for a post-screening Q&A will be writer/director Amir Naderi and the star of the film Madjid Niroumand!
Born in the Iranian port city of Abadan (setting of The Runner), Amir Naderi's career began in the 1970s in Iran, where he quickly became one of the major figures of the Iranian New Wave, with award-winning documentaries and features including Waiting, The Search, The Runner and Water, Wind, Dust, bringing Iran to the forefront of the international cinema scene.
Born in Tehran, Madjid Niroumand, who plays the central role of the resourceful young street kid Amiro in The Runner, was accidentally discovered by director Amir Naderi when he spotted the boy on the front cover of a sports magazine, in a group photo of a winning track and field team. But it was 11-year-old Madjid who jumped off the cover. Niroumand's performance in The Runner was named #12 in a list of “The 25 Greatest Child Performances in Cinema History” on the film site Taste of Cinema. The Los Angeles Times called it “the greatest performance ever given by a child.”