Wed Apr 03,2013

3rd April 2013, Dubai, UAE: The Scene Club, Dubai’s monthly film club which showcases the best of independent world cinema, will be screening the Iranian film CHILDREN OF HEAVEN by Majid Majidi at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre at 8pm on Tuesday 9th April. Guests are invited to arrive at 7pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets and for an hour of networking with fellow film enthusiasts.

Two children concoct an elaborate scheme to cover up the loss of a pair of shoes in this family drama from Iran. Ali and Zahra are brother and sister growing up in a poor neighbourhood. Ali is given the responsibility of picking up Zahra’s shoes from the repair shop, since she needs them to attend school. Ali makes the mistake of setting them down outside a market and moments later they’re swiped by a beggar.

Ali and Zahra are convinced that their parents will be furious when they discover the shoes have been lost, since they can’t afford a new pair, so Ali gets an idea: Zahra is scheduled to attend classes in the morning, while Ali goes to school in the afternoon. Zahra can wear Ali’s sneakers to school, and she’ll trade them off to Ali when he comes in for the afternoon session.

They hope the scheme will work long enough to keep Zahra in school until her shoes can be found, but matters get more complicated when Ali is entered in a 4k run.

CHILDREN OF HEAVEN premiered in February 1997 at the Tehran Fajr Film Festival and it became the first Iranian film to be nominated in 1998 for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

After the film became well known worldwide due to the Oscar nomination, it was shown in several European, South American and Asian countries and won numerous awards at many prestigious film festivals, including the People’s Choice Award at Montreal World Film Festival, the Best Foreign Film Award at Newport International Film Festival, the Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Feature Film at Singapore International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Warsaw International Film Festival.

CHILDREN OF HEAVEN earned enthusiastic reviews around the world and some critics compared it to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948).

Tickets are complimentary but guests must register in advance at and then collect them from the Registration Desk at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre from 7.00pm on the night of the screening. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time as seating is offered on a “first come, first served” basis. The Scene Club Networking Lounge is also open from 7.00pm to all registered guests.


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