New retrospective of Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof

Photo: Mohammad Rasoulof

08/30/2018.- The upcoming 63rd edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival will schedule a retrospective of films by internationally acclaimed Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. His cinematic ouptut consists of seven titles, the three most recent ones having screened in Cannes’ ‘Un Certain Regard’, where they received several awards:  Béomid é didar (Goodbye) bagged the Best Director award in 2011, while Dast-Neveshteha Nemisoozand (Manuscripts Don’t Burn) won the Fipresci award in the 2013 edition and Lerd (A Man of Integrity) harvested the prize for Best Film in 2017.

Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz in 1972. He began his artistic career at the age of 9, when he performed at his hometown’s local theatre before he devoted himself to writing and play directing in later years. He studied Social Sciencies with a focus on the impact of living under a totalitarian regime both for individuals and for society at large: a concern that is reflected by the majority of his films. His documentary movie Gagooman (The Twilight, 2002) —his first feature-length film— earned him the Crystal Simorgh award at the Fajr International Film Festival as well as the award for the Best Documentary Film at Iran Cinema House.

Rasoulof was arrested in 2010 together with his friend, the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, and sentenced to six years in jail  on charges of conspiracy and propaganda against the government of Iran. The sentence was later reduced to one year. In 2013 his passport was confiscated in Tehran as he was getting ready to attend the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival where he planned to present his film Dast-Neveshteha Nemisoozand, which he had shot secretly just as his latest feature Lerd. After screening Lerd in Cannes Film Festival 2017 Mohammad Rasoulof has been banned from working and travelling abroad while waiting to serve his sentence.

The Valladolid retrospective will include the screening of five films selected by Rasoulof himself:

2017 – Lerd (A Man of Integrity)

2013 – Dast- Neveshteha Nemisoozand (Manuscripts Don’t Burn)

2011 – Bé Omid é Didar (Goodbye)

2009 – Keshtzar haye sepid (The White Meadows)

2005 – Jazireh Ahani (Iron Island)

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