Ali would go to any lengths to win the third prize. All of this, just to see Zahra smile.
On the way home from doing various errands in Teheran, nine-year-old Ali loses the newly repaired shoes of his younger sister Zahra. Since his father is five months overdue in paying the rent for their one-room home, the little boy doesn't want to tell him the bad news. So he and Zahra must share a pair of his worn-out sneakers: she uses them for morning classes at school, then runs to meets him so he can wear them for his afternoon at school. All this running around puts a strain on them and adds to the household tension.
Meanwhile, on a day off, he accompanies his father to the city's wealthy section in search of work as a gardener. The work that will pay enough to give the family a little extra money. And, at school, Ali discovers a possible solution to the shoe dilemma. Third place in a foot race is a pair of new sneakers. The first and second prize are more lucrative, but Ali has no interest in them. All Ali has to do is beat out several hundred children and lose to only two, and his sister will be happy.
Director: Majid Majidi Producer: Amir Esfandiari, Mohammad Esfandiari Screenplay: Majid Majidi Cast: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi, Fereshte Sarabandi Year: 1997 Length: 90 minutes Language: Iranian