The acclaimed Iranian film "Modest Reception" has premiered at theaters in the United States. The latest work of director/actor Mani Haqiqi went on screen at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on January 13.
The film is scheduled to be screened at a number of theaters in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Chicago.
"Modest Reception is about a well-situated couple, Leila and Kaveh, who drive through the mountains distributing plastic bags full of money to every poor and unfortunate person they meet.
Starring Haqiqi and Taraneh Alidusti, "Modest Reception" has received accolades from several international festivals.
The Film won the Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw Film Festival in last October. This award is presented to a film with unique structure, strong ideas and excellent performances.
The film won the NETPAC Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, and the stars of the film won the best actor and actress awards at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival in New Delhi in August 2012.
Saeid Changizian, Esmaeil Khalaj, Saber Abar, Naqi Seifjamali, Nader Fallah, Mohammadreza Najafi and Qorban Najafi are other members of the cast.
Taraneh Alidusti (L) and Mani Haqiqi act in a scene from "Modest Reception"
"Modest Reception" is currently on screen in Iranian theaters and was screened in several theaters in Switzerland last September. The film was distributed in the country by the Trigon-Film Foundation.
Modest Reception Directed by: Mani Haghighi Official Trailer
Mani Haghighi's "Modest Reception" premieres in Tehran theaters
Modest Reception is the fourth film screened recently despite having been banned by Hoze Honari (Artistic Center of Islamic Development Organization), a supposedly non-governmental entity. In an interview with ISNA, Mani Haghighi had some harsh words for Hoze Honari. During the interview, Mani Haghighi said about Hoze Honari: "What role do you have in this country that proudly issue orders for artists? You only own some cinemas. If you are wise, you better go do a good job of running them instead of interfering in other people's affairs."