On Tuesday, April 23, the Classics Preserved section of the 37th Fajr International Film Festival presented the cinema premiere of Amir Naderi’s digitally restored classic movie The Runner (1985).
The movie’s sound recordist Nezam Kiaei and film critic Ahmad Talebinejad attended the screening session in Felestin Cinema, along with Festival Dirctor Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, Tehran City Council Member Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, Alireza Tanesh and Amir Esfandiari.
Before the program, director Naderi’s message to the audience was read out to the audience, thanking Mirkarimi and others for showing his movie after 36 years.
Amir Naderi is one of the major directors of Iranian cinema before and after the Iranian Revolution. His films both before and after his move to the United States share a preoccupation with displacement, fragmented spaces and solitude. They also emphasize the importance of sensory experience and corporeal endurance in locating one’s home in the world. In this, Naderi’s work is exemplary of wider themes and motifs in Iranian cinema.
The program to screen digitally restored Iranian and foreign movies is organized in collaboration with the National Film Archive and the Institute for Development of Children and Young Adults.
Presided over by award-winning writer and director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, the 37th Fajr International Film Festival will wrap up on Friday, April 26.