• Courtesy: Rialto Pictures
  • Courtesy: Rialto Pictures
  • Courtesy: Rialto Pictures

The Runner

4K Digital Restoration

  • In Person on October 6

    Born in Tehran, Madjid Niroumand played the central role of the resourceful young street kid in The Runner—and his performance was hailed as one of the great screen performances by a child actor. Now a resident of Southern California, Niroumand serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Orange Coast College.

A work of astonishing power and simplicity . . . reminiscent of the finest neo-realist films. . . . Madjid Niroumand’s portrayal ranks among the finest ever given by a child.

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Madjid Niroumand, Moussa Torkizadeh, Abbas Nazeri,

This important work of the Iranian New Wave was hailed as one of the most remarkable films of the 1980s. The story of a boy’s determination to survive as he lives alone in an abandoned tanker in the port city of Abadan, the film has a kinship with such landmarks of neorealism as Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine, though tinged with surreal elements that also evoke the Luis Buñuel of Los olvidados. “A gem of the Iranian New Wave . . . crisply restored with improved subtitles . . . admirably lean and remarkably well-constructed . . . the light is often dazzling; the array of bottles floating in the harbor is bewitching . . . has a subtle fairy tale quality” (J. Hoberman, New York Times).

  • Amir Naderi
  • Behrouz Gharibpour
  • Firouz Malekzadeh
  • Farsi
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 91 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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