Mohammad Rasoulof

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Mohammad Rasoulof (Persian: محمد رسول‌اف‎‎; born 1972 Shiraz, Iran [1]) is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He studied sociology in Tehran.[2] Currently he lives in Tehran and in Hamburg.

His first feature-length film, The Twilight (Gagooman), was released in 2002 and was awarded with the Crystal Simorgh for the Best First Film at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran.[3] His second feature, Iron Island (Jazire-ye ahani), was released in 2005. His feature The White Meadows (Keshtzarha-ye sepid) was released in 2009.

In 2010 Rasoulof was arrested on set and was accused of filming without a permit. He was sentenced by the government of Iran to six years in prison. This was later reduced to one year.[4] Right now he is out on bail, and is waiting for the sentence to be carried out.

Goodbye (Be omid-e didar) premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard and won the prize for directing.[5] His recent film Manuscripts Don't Burn was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival[6] where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.[7] None of his films have been released in Iran.



  1. ^ Silverdocs Film Festival Mohammad Rasoulof Biography (English)
  2. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival" 03/03/2010 "Source 1" 12/23/2010
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database" 03/17/2010 "Source 2" 12/23/2020
  4. ^ Iranian Students News Agency 12/20/2010 "Source 3" 12/22/2010
  5. ^ Veli-Pekka Lehtonen, Elokuva nimeltä Tämä ei ole elokuva, Helsingin Sanomat, May 21, 2011 p. C 5
  6. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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