A Man of Integrity

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Iran | 2017 | 117 minutes | Mohammad Rasoulof

One of Iran's most outspoken directors, Mohammad Rasoulof (Manuscripts Don't Burn), presents the tense, dramatic story of a principled farmer who must fight a powerful and corrupt company hell-bent on controlling, or else destroying, his way of life. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Prize.

"It's a dim fate, but Rasoulof's thirteenth film continues a pattern of showcasing the issues in Iranian society, ones that have not changed since he began his work in 1991." Rachel A.G. Gilman - Popdust

"In this country, you are oppressed or you are the oppressor." This is the lesson that the title character in Mohammad Rasoulof's powerful new film is struggling not to learn. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, A Man of Integrity tells the story of Reza, a former academic expelled from his college for protesting unjust working conditions at a local factory. He leaves Tehran for a remote village to become a goldfish farmer. But the problems of systemic corruption and injustice are not unique to the city; when a shadowy organization in control decides it wants the farm's land for itself, Reza find that he has very few options. The more he resists, the more his troubles seem to multiply. In his uncompromising determination to hold on to his principles, he risks losing everything else. SIFF regular Rasoulof (White Meadows, Goodbye, Manuscripts Don't Burn ) is one of Iran's most prominent and outspoken directors. Prohibited from making films, he works with a suspended prison sentence hanging over his head (A Man of Integrity was shot in secret in the north of the country). Upon returning from the film's U.S. premiere at Telluride in September 2017, his passport was confiscated by the Iranian authorities, effectively banning him from leaving the country.

Director Biography
As an Iranian filmmaker, Mohammad has faced a great deal of hardships surrounding managing strict censorship in his home country. In 2010, he was convicted for propaganda against the regime leading to a one year prison sentence and his passport has been confiscated multiple times due to films that were deemed liable for censorship receiving international acclaim. Though many of his films have never been shown in Iran, he continues to produce award winning work and has continued to shift his filmmaking style from metaphorical storytelling to direct expression.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Baabak Nassirian at FYF Productions, American Iranian Business Council, Nima Foroutan DDS, Shadi Araghi/ Highlands Kids Dentistry, Mike Moghaddas with Avenue Properties, Naini Family Foundation, Radio Iranshahr, Professional Copy 'n' Print, Sanaz Namdar, Ali Ahmadi, Orchideh Raisdanai, Persian & Iranian Studies at UW Near Eastern Languages & Civilization Department, and UW Iranian-American Faculty 

  • Original Language Title: Lerd
  • Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Principal Cast: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani, Zhila Shahi,
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Producer: Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Rozita Hendijanian
  • Screenplay: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Cinematographers: Ashkan Ashkani
  • Editors: Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
  • Music: Peyman Yazdanian
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2017 (Un Certain Regard Prize)
  • Filmography: Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013) ; Goodbye (2011); The White Meadows (2009); Head Wind (2008); Iron Island (2005) ; The Twilight (2002)
  • Language: English, Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Match Factory