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8/15/06

FILM: "Men at Work" shares Founder's Prize at Traverse City Festival

TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Mani Haqiqi's "Men at Work" was the cowinner of the Founder's Prize of the 2nd Traverse City Film Festival, which it shared with two other movies, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.

Festival founder Michael Moore and co-founders John Robert Williams and Doug Stanton gave their Founder's Prize to the films "Men at Work" and Mark Dornford's "Son of Man" and Michael Winterbottom's "Road to Guantanamo".

"Men at Work" is the brainchild of noted filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and the screenplay was written by Haqiqi.

The film tells the story of four men from Tehran who are on their way to a skiing trip. As they round a curve, they encounter a boulder that sits on the edge of a cliff. Together they decide that the boulder must be pushed off that cliff. And, for the next 80 minutes, that's what they try to do in this funny, poignant allegory.

Cinematographer Mahmud Kalari, film producer Ahmad Hamed, film critic Omid Rohani, and actor Atila Pesyani are the four main characters, and actor Reza Kianian and actresses Fatemeh Motamed-Aria and Mahnaz Afshar play supporting roles.

The film was an entry to the Berlin Film Festival and was also screened in festivals in Singapore, the United States, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Tanzania. It is scheduled be screened in festivals in Australia, Bosnia, and Indonesia in the upcoming months.

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