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 (Jazireh ahani), was released in 2005. His feature The White Meadows (Keshtzar haye 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 é 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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