Iran, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Middle East and Africa)

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof


From acclaimed Iranian writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof, this potent thriller – and winner of the prestigious Un Certain Regard Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – captures one man’s desperate battle to stand up to a corrupt system.

Direct from its acclaimed bow at Cannes, the latest from Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof (Manuscripts Don’t Burn, MIFF 2013; Iron Island, MIFF 2005) is a bracing and impassioned work about one man’s fight to stand up to a corrupt system. In a remote village in the north of the country, simple goldfish farmer Reza is threatened when a private company, colluding with the government, muscles in to acquire land from the locals by any means necessary.

Writer/director Rasoulof – who was sentenced to jail along with compatriot filmmaker Jafar Panahi in 2010 – defied authorities to shoot the film in secret, creating a scathing critique of economic and bureaucratic intimidation that’s unlikely to be seen in his home country. A Man of Integrity is a riveting, angry thriller that tackles moral debate with nuance and vigour.

'A tense, enraging drama about corruption and injustice. Rasoulof’s fine screenplay resembles a classic tragedy.' – Variety

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