Naderi’s greatest international success, “The Runner” – along with Kiarostami’s “Where Is the Friend’s House” – was the film that ignited interest in the post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Returning to the southern coastal region of Iran of both his youth and earlier films such as “Waiting” and “Harmonica”, Naderi tells the story of a young orphan, Amiroo (Madjid Niroumand), who lives in an abandoned ship. He works odd jobs collecting bottles and shining shoes, and even drops into school for a spell. But what seems to fill Amiroo’s life with beauty and purpose is running – simply running, heading off into the distance without any purpose or destination. As in all of Naderi’s films, the physical elements become major themes in and of themselves, but what gives “The Runner” such special power is his conception of the character of Amiroo. Wise beyond his years, Amiroo is a survivor whose barely containable energy and exuberance constantly reminds us of the tremendous potential of this young man that will never be fulfilled. –Lincoln Center
Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری, born 15 August, 1946 in Abadan) is a notable Iranian film director, screenwriter and one of the most influential figures of 20th-century Persian cinema.
Naderi developed his knowledge of cinema by watching films at the theater where he worked as a boy, reading film criticism, and making relationships with leading film critics. He began his career with still photography for some notable Iranian features. In the 1970s, Naderi turned to directing, and made some of the most important features of the New Iranian Cinema. In 1971, his directorial debut, Goodbye Friend was released in Iran. Mr. Naderi first came into the international spotlight with films that are now known as cinema classics, The Runner (1985), and Water, Wind, Dust (1989). The Runner is considered by many critics to be one of the most influential films of the past quarter century. After a number of his films were banned by the Iranian government… read more
Between this and Lust For Gold, its going to be difficult which to choose in the first match of the World Cup. :S
Amiroo's screams are his desperate attempts to survive in this pathetic world and succeeding against all odds, even if that success is as fleeting as the melting ice.
Amir Naderi's THE RUNNER or the art of standing up on your feet! ... One of the wonderful impressionistic portraits of the adolescence through whole film history is the story of the adventure for both its protagonist and director. Seeing it after 26 years of its first release time, we might call this adventure as a rare ambition of his director!
Davandeh (The runner) is a cinematic ode to the spirit of Amiro, a young orphan boy who seeks to excel in what ever he does, to know more and look beyond his present boundaries, and to seek this knowledge… read review