The Runner

  • Feature
  • 1984
  • 94 Minutes
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language: Persian (Farsi)

Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in school. In school, he has conflict with other students. Finally there is a competition to see who can say the whole alphabet in one breath.

Director: Amir Naderi

Screenwriter: Amir Naderi, Behrouz Gharibpour

Production Company: Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, KANOON

Premier Status: World Premiere (Restored Version)

Film Critic

First Daring Step into the New Wave

Ahmad Talebinejad

Ahmad Talebinejad

In every aspect, “The Runner” is perhaps the first feature film of Iranian New wave cinema after revolution, in another word, an adherent of the new movement. With an unconventional structure, that deliberately rejects all the traditional film principles, from narrative to basic cinematic aesthetics such as decoupage based on the continuity of sense in scenes and sequences, The Runner, gratifies the creative and ambitious mind of his director, Amir Naderi, who prior to this, had a conventional approach to filmmaking. After its first release, Amir Naderi, in an interview with Film Magazine talked about his artistic and personal evolution which according to him happened under the influence of europe’s new wave cinema, encouraging him to leave behind the conventions of narrative cinema and explore an innovative approach. The Runner is a thorough reflection of this exploration. With just a quick look at its original screenplay, by Behrouz Gharibpour, it will become clear that the final movie holds much less resemblance in form to the screenplay. At the time, some claimed that this daring and almost radical deconstruction of cinematic language is mainly due to the participation of Bahram Beyzaie as the editor. He has definitely had a huge impact on the general atmosphere of the movie, but let’s not forget that Naderi followed the same approach in the years to come, in movies such as “Water, Wind, Dust”, “Manhattan by Numbers”,”Sound Barrier” and “Monte”. So, historically speaking, The runner is still considered as a pioneer film in Iranian cinema after the Revolution.



1985: Nantes International Film Festival, Grand Prix, France

1986: Melbourne International Film Festival, International Jury Prize, Australia

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Amir Naderi, Behrouz Gharibpour

DOP / Camera: Firooz Malekzadeh

Editor: Bahram Beizai

Sound: Nezameddin Kiaei

Producer: Alireza Zarrin

Cast: Majid Niroumand, Abbas Nazeri, Musa Torkizadeh, Alireza Gholamzadeh, Ali Pasdarzadeh, Shirzad Beshkal


Amir Naderi

Amir Naderi born 15 August 1946 in Abadan is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story. He directed his feature debut, Goodbye Friend in 1971. His films has been screened in a number of international film festivals around the world such as Nantes, Venice, etc. Naderi has served as a jury member of international film festivals for over a decade.

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