• Last night the Un Certain Regard prizes were awarded during a ceremony in the Debussy Theater. UCR, an unwieldy hodgepodge of decent and lesser films, is the non-competition program of the Cannes Festival's official selection. But it's not without the occasional gem. Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's "A Man with Integrity," a dark portrait of a man standing up against the corruptive influence of a company angling

  • "Lerd" is a portrait of a man whose sense of self-worth and integrity gets trampled.

    Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad) is a goldfish farmer living outside a village in northern Iran with his wife and young son. The land on which they live is very valuable to a local company. That company launches a campaign of intimidation against Reza, with the town council backing them, to try and wrest

  • With his new film “Manuscripts don’t Burn” (the title seems to have been taken from Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita") currently being shown in the non-competition program Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who came to Cannes to show the film today along with the cast, is raising the bar for Iranian filmmakers: rather than bypassing political content he's confronting Iran's regime without