Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof gets Un Certain Regard prize

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 ... more >


Cannes Festival, LERD (A man of integrity)

Written and directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

"Lerd," or portrait of a man whose sense of self-worth and integrity get trampled. Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad) is a goldfish farmer living near a village in northern Iran with his wife and young son. The land on which they live is very valuable to a local company, and soon that company launches a campaign of intimidation against Reza, with the town council backing it, to try and wrest his land from ... more >


"Manuscripts Don't Burn" harshest indictment yet

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 ... more >