A Man of Integrity
A story about the last honest man (charismatic thirtysomething Reza), who stands up to local corruption (a mob corporation in the remote northern Iranian countryside) even at the cost of endangering his own family. This original and engrossing drama by a respected Iranian filmmaker won the main prize in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes fest.
(b. 1972, Shiraz, Iran) first took an interest in theater in his youth. After earning a degree in sociology, he went on to study film editing at Sooreh University in Tehran. He debuted in 2002 with the documentary The Twilight; the drama Iron Island (2005) premiered at Cannes and was later shown in Another View at KVIFF. He has also directed The White Meadows (2009), Goodbye(2011), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) and A Man of Integrity (2017). Following the 2009 presidential election in Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof and his colleague Jafar Panahi were arrested while making a movie. At the ensuing trial, Rasoulof was charged with anti-government activities and collusion against national security; he spent a year in prison.