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A Man of Integrity

Mohammad Rasoulof
Lerd
Iran 2017 / 117’
A Quiet Dream

If I were you, I would try to get along with my neighbor. At this stage in the story, however, it is already too late for Reza to simply apologize for the beating. Even if Abbas is faking his injuries, he is not the one who will have to deal with the corrupt administrative machine after the corporation represented by Abbas poisoned his entire fish farm. Instead, this will fall to the school principal, Hadis's husband or to Sahanda, who can only think about getting an X-box. But who should he complain to? In Iran, there is an official at every step, and every one of them has to be paid to get out of way. It is Kafkaesque. Rasoulof's film takes the form of a series of meetings that test the protagonist's patience, reacting only when he is immersed up to his nose in milky water. In a situation where every act of resistance affects his family, Reza will have to bend or take the game to a higher level. Because, as his sister says-she is trying to get by on her own as a translator and to get her husband out of prison-In this country, you either oppress or you are oppressed.

Maciej Stasiowski

awards

Cannes IFF 2017 - Un Certain Regard Award

Mohammad Rasoulof

Born in Shizuku, Iran, in 1972, Mohammad Rasoulof continues to make social dramas aimed at the authorities despite a six-year prison sentence hanging over him for shooting without a permit (Goodbye). It is no wonder that his projects have increasingly attacked the country's oppressive system and government corruption. That is why A Man ofIntegrity, an award winner in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival, had to be smuggled to the jury on a pendrive.

Filmography

2002 Gagooman

2005 Jazireh Ahani / Iron Island

2009 Keshtzar haye sepid / The White Meadows

2011 Pożegnanie / Bé omid é didar / Goodbye

2013 Rękopisy nie płoną / Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand

2017 Uczciwy człowiek / Lerd / A Man of Integrity

Cast & Crew

director Mohammad Rasoulof
screenplay Mohammad Rasoulof
cinematography Ashkan Ashkani
editing Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
music Peyman Yazdanian
cast Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani, Zhila Shahi
producer Mohammad Rasoulof
production Mohammad Rasoulof
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language English, Farsi
colouration colour