Mohammad Rasoulof

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Mohammad Rasoulof
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Born (1972-11-16) 16 November 1972 (age 48)[1]
NationalityIranian
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer, editor
Years active2001–present
Known forA Man of Integrity
Goodbye
There Is No Evil
Spouse(s)Rozita Hendijanian[2]
Children1
AwardsGolden Orange Award for Best Director (2018)
Golden Bear (2020)

Mohammad Rasoulof (Persian: محمد رسول‌اف‎; born 16 November 1972 in Shiraz, Iran[3]) is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He studied sociology in Tehran.[4] 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.[5] His second feature, Iron Island (Jazire-ye ahani), was released in 2005. His feature The White Meadows (Keshtzarha-ye sepid) was released in 2009.

Goodbye (Be omid-e didar) premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard and won the prize for directing.[6] His film Manuscripts Don't Burn was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival[7] where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.[8] A Man of Integrity won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. There Is No Evil was awarded the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020.[9]

Legal problems[edit]

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.[10] Since then he is out on bail, and is waiting for the sentence to be carried out.

In September 2017 his passport was confiscated upon his return to Iran, meaning he became mamnu'-ol-xoruğ (Persian: ممنوع‌الخروج‎), i.e. banned from leaving the country. Furthermore, he was ordered to attend a court hearing.[11]

On July 23, 2019 Rasoulof was convicted by the Revolutionary Court of Iran to one year imprisonment and a two-year ban on leaving the country and on participation in social and political activity because of his film "A Man of Integrity". He is accused of "gathering and collusion against national security and of propaganda against the system". Around August 5, 2019 Rasoulof appealed the verdict. On his way to the court, in an act of professional solidarity, he and his lawyer were accompanied by some of the most renowned Iranian film directors and other film-persons, such as: Kianoush Ayyari, Majid Barzegar, Reza Dormishian, Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Farmanara, Rakhshān Banietemad, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Jafar Panahi, Hasan Pourshirazi and others.[12]

On 4 March 2020, Rasoulof was sentenced to one year in prison for three of his movies, which were considered "propaganda against the system". The verdict also included a ban on making films for two years. He has stated that he intends to appeal the decision and will not turn himself in, considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which had already let Iran to release 54,000 prisoners temporarily in order to prevent the virus from spreading.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year English Title (Original Title) Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2002 The Twilight (Gagooman Yes Yes No Docu-Fiction
2005 Iron Island (Jazireh ahani) Yes Yes Yes
2008 Head Wind (Baad e daboor) Yes Yes Yes Documentary
2009 The White Meadows (Keshtzar haye sepid) Yes Yes Yes
2010 Gesher No No Yes
2011 Goodbye (Be omid e didar) Yes Yes Yes
2013 Manuscripts Don't Burn (Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand) Yes Yes Yes
2017 A Man of Integrity (Lerd) Yes Yes Yes
2019 The Red Hatchback (Hatchback Ghermez) No Yes Yes Co-written with Ashkan Najafi

Co-produced with Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak, Rozita Hendijanian

2019 son mother (Pesar-Madar) No Yes Yes Co-produced with Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak
2020 There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) Yes Yes Yes Co-produced with Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Work Category Result Ref.
Adelaide Film Festival 2017
A Man of Integrity

(Lerd)

International Feature Award - Best Feature Nominated [14]
Amiens International Film Festival 2011 N/A Golden Unicorn for Career Achievement Won [15]
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Youth Jury Award Won [16]
SIYAD (Cinema Writer's Foundation) Jury Award Won
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Best Diretor Won [17]
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Best Film Nominated [18]
Achievement in Directing Nominated [19]
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Best Film Nominated [20]
Avanca Film Festival 2007
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Cinema Prize - Feature Film Won [21]
Script Prize Won [22]
Berlin International Film Festival 2020
There is No Evil

(Sheytan vojud nadarad)

Golden Bear for Best Film Won [23]
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Won [24]
Guild Film Prize Won [25]
Cannes Film Festival 2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Un Certain Regard - Directing Prize Won [26]
Un Certain Regard Award Nominated
François Chalais Award - Special Mention Won
2013
Manuscripts Don't Burn

(Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand)

Un Certain Regard Award Nominated
FIPRESCI Prize - Un Certain Regard Won
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Un Certain Regard Award Won [27]
Chicago International Film Festival 2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Gold Hugo for Best International Feature Nominated
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Gold Hugo for Best Feature Nominated
Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay Won
chlotrudis awards 2007
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Buried Treasure Won
Crested Butte Film Festival 2020
There is No Evil

(Sheytân vojūd nadârad)

Courage in Filmmaking Won
Denver International Film Festival 2010
The White Meadows

(Keshtzar haye sepid)

Krzysztof Kieslowski Award - Best Film Won
Dubai International Film Festival 2009
The White Meadows

(Keshtzar haye sepid)

Muhr AsiaAfrica Special Jury Prize - Feature Won
Muhr AsiaAfrica Award - Best Feature Nominated
2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Muhr AsiaAfrica Award - Best Feature Nominated
Durban International Film Festival 2010
The White Meadows

(Keshtzar haye sepid)

Best Feature Film Won
2012
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Special Mention - Feature Film Won
Fajr International Film Festival 2003
The Twilight

(Gagooman)

Crystal Simorgh for Best First Film Won
Fribourg International Film Festival 2014
Manuscripts Don't Burn

(Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand)

Don Quijote Award - Special Mention Won
Grand Prix Nominated
Ghent International Film Festival 2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Grand Prix - Best Film Nominated
Gijón International Film Festival 2005
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Special Jury Award Won
Grand Prix Asturias - Best Film Nominated
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

FIPRESCI Prize Won
Hamburg Film Festival 2005
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Critics Award Won
2013
Manuscripts Don't Burn

(Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand)

Political Film Award Won
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Critics Award Nominated
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

SIGNIS Award Nominated
International Film Festival of India 2005
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Golden Peacock - Best Film Won
2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Golden Peacock - Best Film Nominated
Iran Cinema Celebration 2002
The Twilight

(Gagooman)

Best Documentary Won
Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

The Wilf Family Foundation Award - Honorable Mention Won
The Wilf Family Foundation Award - Best International Film Nominated
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2017
A man of Integrity

(Lerd)

Jaeger - LeCoultre Best Film Award Nominated
Milwaukee Film Festival 2012
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Festival Prize - Best Director Won
Festival Prize - Best Film Nominated
Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2005
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Special Mention Won
Screenplay Award - Best Script Won
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2013 N/A Lifetime Achievement Award Won
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Dioraphte Award Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2009
The White Meadows

(Keshtzar haye sepid)

Golden Shell for Best Film Nominated
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2005
Iron Island

(Jazireh ahani)

Grand Prize Nominated
Telluride Film Festival 2013 N/A Silver Medallion Award Won
Tokyo FILMeX 2011
Goodbye

(Be omid e didar)

Grand Prize Nominated
Tribeca Film Festival 2010
The White Meadows

(Keshtzar haye sepid)

Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature Nominated
Valladolid International Film Festival 2018 N/A Honorary Spike Won
  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ محمد رسول‌اف
  2. ^ A Man of Integrity
  3. ^ Silverdocs Film Festival Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Mohammad Rasoulof Biography (in English)
  4. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival" 03/03/2010 "Source 1 Archived 2010-08-20 at the Wayback Machine" 12/23/2010
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database" 03/17/2010 "Source 2" 12/23/2020
  6. ^ Veli-Pekka Lehtonen, Elokuva nimeltä Tämä ei ole elokuva, Helsingin Sanomat, May 21, 2011 p. C 5
  7. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  9. ^ Meza, Ed (29 February 2020). "Berlin Film Festival 2020: 'There Is No Evil' Wins Golden Bear". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  10. ^ Iranian Students News Agency 12/20/2010 "Source 3" 12/22/2010
  11. ^ "Iran Confiscated Mohammad Rasoulof's Passport". www.hollywoodreporter. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Hamrahi-ye Chehreha-ye Shakhes-e Sinama-ye Iran ba Rasoulof ta Dadgah : Hame bara-ye yeki (Famous Person of Iranian Sinema Accompany Rasoulof to the Court : All for One)". hamdelidaily.ir. Retrieved 8 August 2019.(fa)
  13. ^ "Golden Bear winner Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to jail in Iran". The Guardian. Associated Press. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  14. ^ https://adelaidefilmfestival.org/titles/106211/?festivalid=3
  15. ^ https://www.accreds.fr/2011/10/12/festival-d%e2%80%99amiens-premiers-noms-premieres-envies.html
  16. ^ https://www.filmneweurope.com/festivals/item/101190-antalya-golden-orange-ff-2011-winner-we-will-see-good-days
  17. ^ https://www.dailysabah.com/cinema/2017/10/28/antalya-film-festival-winners-announced
  18. ^ https://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/apsa-nominees-winners/2011
  19. ^ https://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/apsa-nominees-winners/2011
  20. ^ https://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/apsa-nominees-winners/2017
  21. ^ http://www.avanca.com/?q=pt/node/134
  22. ^ http://www.avanca.com/?q=pt/node/134
  23. ^ https://variety.com/2020/film/news/berlin-film-festival-2020-award-winners-1203519894/
  24. ^ https://medium.com/from-rock-to-kraut-the-blog/berlinale-ecumenical-jury-prize-goes-to-iranian-dissident-film-83f03abcbf8#:~:text=The%20Ecumenical%20Jury%20at,travel%20to%20the%20film%20festival.
  25. ^ https://deadline.com/2020/02/berlin-film-festival-winners-2020-golden-bear-full-list-1202871379/
  26. ^ https://www.rferl.org/a/absent_iranian_wins_cannes_directing_prize/24182515.html
  27. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/rebellious-iranian-filmmaker-wins-major-prize-at-cannes/a-39012070

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