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MODEST RECEPTION (Paziraie Sadeh)

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MODEST RECEPTION (Paziraie Sadeh)

Director: Mani Haghighi
Iran   |   2012   |   100 minutes
Farsi/Persian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Leila and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? Led by riveting performances from Taraneh Alidoosti and writer-director Mani Haghighi, this bold comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege and corruption.


About the Director Mani Haghighi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough. His second feature, Men at Work, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006 and won Best Screenwriter at the Asian Film Awards in 2007. Modest Reception is his fourth feature film.


Available Screening Formats DVD, Digibeta.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.



CAST

Leila - Taraneh Alidoosti
Kaveh - Mani Haghighi
First Soldier - Saeed Changizian
Old Man - Esmail Khalaj
Young Man - Saber Abar
Cafe Owner - Mohammad Aghebati

CREW

Director - Mani Haghighi
Writers - Mani Haghighi, Amir-Reza Koohestani
Producer - Jalal Shamsian
Director of Photography - Houman Behmanesh
Editor - Hayedeh Safiyari
Sound - Amir-Hossein Ghasemi, Vahid Moghaddasi
Music - Feuermusik (Jeremy Strachan and David Weinkauf)
REVIEWS

“In the end, it’s an actors’ film serving up two very juicy roles for Haghighi as the cynical sadist Kaveh and Alidoosti as the deliciously spoiled, enterprising Leyla who may be his sister, though the web of lies they spin leaves room for doubt. Apart from the fun parts, which they handle with easy lightness, the scene of his diabolical taunting in the cemetery and her finally taking responsibility for the mule are chilling performance pieces.” -Hollywood Reporter

“The performances from the actors who play these mountain folk are raw and believable, and while the setting may be otherworldly in its high-altitude grandeur, it is also grittily real.” -Screen Daily

"Modest Reception…rates as Haghighi's strongest helming work to date. As a thesp, he puts his stubbly, George Clooney-esque good looks to fine use, and ignites sparks with Alidoosti, who is thrilling in a challenging, uncharacteristic role.” -Variety

“Haghighi creates some very fine moral and philosophical lines within each encounter, and challenges our own notions about what is of value within individual lives, our own and others’.” -Examiner.com

“The film’s mood shifts between black comedy and psychological thriller brilliantly in the hands of director Mani Haghighi, giving us an intriguing and honest look into the darker side of human nature.” -Yareah Magazine

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Chicago International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival
Best Actor; Best Actress, Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival
International Panorama, Mebourne International Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Malatya International Film Festival