Iranian Cinema at the Boston Festival of Films offers different views of the Persian life and culture.
One of the largest showcases of Iranian cinema in the US, The Boston Festival of Films from Iran offers varying perspectives on the complexities of Persian life and culture as told by top Iranian filmmakers. Screenings include the love story Rhino Season by Bahman Ghobadi, and Mani Haghighi’s A Modest Reception, a tale about a strange duo who travels through Iran distributing bags of cash to needy people.
From January 19 to January 31 2013
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Avenue of the Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
Rhino Season by Bahman Ghobadi (France/Turkey, 2012, 104 min.). A haunting love story spanning three decades, Sahel (Behrouz Vossoughi) falls victim to a personal vendetta and is imprisoned with his wife Mina (Monica Bellucci). Ten years later, Mina is released but is told that Sahel is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children move to Istanbul, unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband. Finally released, Sahel searches for his wife, but after clinging to an intangible vision for so many years, what is the reality that awaits him now? Winner Best Cinematography at the 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival.
Modest Reception by Mani Haghighi (Iran, 2012, 100 min.). A Tehran couple distributes large bags of money to residents of an impoverished town and captures their shocked reactions on a cell phone. What seems like an act of generosity is actually something perverse and puzzling. 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. “Utterly engaging, original, and sophisticated” (Screen Daily). NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.
Modest Reception is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series.