From Iran, A Parable Of Faith Lost (And Found)
npr / Neda Ulaby

All Things Considered, April 21, 2009 · Although Iran boasts a hundred years of filmmaking history — not to mention some of world cinema's greatest directorial names — Majid Majidi is the only Iranian filmmaker ever nominated for an Oscar. (Cinephiles howled when his enchanting Children of Heaven lost to Roberto Benigni's mawkish Life Is Beautiful in 1997.)


...Majidi's newest film, Song of Sparrows, is much like his earlier U.S. successes, Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise. Accessible and sentimental, it's a family story making great use of adorable children and nonprofessional actors....

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