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Iranian film 'Under the Moonlight' wins Cannes' critics' prize
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posted May 21, 2001 11:03
CANNES, France, May 18 (AFP) - "Under the Moonlight", a film by Iranian director Reza Mir-Karimi, won Friday the 40th International Critics' Week sidebar that runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, a probing yet humorous look at Iran's religious elite through the experiences of a naive young man studying to be a mullah, or religious official, earned a 7,600 euro (7,000 dollar) purse each for Mir-Karimi and the producer and a 22,900 euro publicity campaign.
"Under the Moonlight," Mir-Karimi's second feature, has not been shown in Iran.
The story follows the young student, Seyyed Hassan, as he chases a thief who steals his clothes and discovers an underworld ignored by society.
Befriended by a group of marginals, including a musician, a writer and a prostitute who live under the freeways that criss-cross Teheran, he ends up selling his theology books to help his new companions.
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