The Runner

The Runner

Iran | 1984 | 94 min. | Amir Naderi

Opens February 3, 2023

After enrolling in a school, an impoverished boy finds conflict with his classmates and decides to compete to earn their respect.

Amiro, an illiterate 11-year-old orphan living alone in an abandoned tanker in the Iranian port city of Abadan, survives by shining shoes, selling water, and diving for deposit bottles, while being bullied by both adults and competing older kids. But he finds solace by dreaming about departing cargo ships and airplanes and by running...seemingly to nowhere.

  • Director: Amir Naderi
  • Principal Cast: Madjid Niroumand, Abbas Nazeri, Musa Torkizadeh
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 94 min.
  • Producer: Alireza Zarrin
  • Screenplay: Amir Naderi, Behrouz Gharibpour
  • Cinematographers: Firouz Malekzadeh
  • Editors: Bahram Beyzaie
  • Language: Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Rialto