WEBSITE: Song of Sparrows ART DIRECTOR: Jason Wright TRAILER DIRECTOR: Greg McClatchy
Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film from Iran, directed by Majid Majidi
Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter’s hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily start to transform Karim’s 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.
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