Edition no. 1211
Childhood takes on mythic dimensions in one of the defining works of postrevolutionary Iranian cinema. Inspired by director Amir Naderi’s own boyhood, The Runner is lit from within by Madjid Niroumand’s electrifying performance as a young orphan fending for himself on the streets of a port city, determined to rise above his circumstances—working odd jobs, passing time with friends, learning to read—and running, always running, toward the future. Water, fire, the human body in motion: in hypnotic images of lyrical power, Naderi finds unexpected glory in the world of a boy suspended between modernity and elemental natural forces as he chases his own path forward.
- New conversation between Amir Naderi and filmmaker Ramin Bahrani
- Audio interview from 2022 with Amir Naderi and actor Madjid Niroumand, moderated by curator Bruce Goldstein
- Waiting, a 1974 film by Naderi, featuring an afterword by the director
- An essay by filmmaker and critic Ehsan Khoshbakht