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Mohammad Rasoulof

Mohammad RASOULOF (1973, Iran) is an independent filmmaker. He studied sociology at Shiraz University, and film editing at Sooreh Higher Education Institute in Tehran. He made six short films in the period 1991-1999. His first feature, The Twilight, was released in 2002. On December 20, 2010, he was sentenced by the Iranian government to six years in prison on charges of “assembly, collusion, and propagandizing against the regime”. The sentence was later reduced to a conditional sentence of one year and a ban on making films. Since then Rasoulof makes his film clandestinely, starting with Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013). After winning the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes with A Man of Integrity (2017), he was arrested again. His passport was confiscated, preventing him from travelling outside of Iran. Rasoulof was again sentenced “in July, 2019 by Iran special prosecutor’s office for offenses relating to media and culture to a one-year in prison and a two-year ban on practising his profession. This meant he was unable to attend the Berlinale for the premiere of There Is No Evil or to accept the Golden Bear” (Screen Daily). 


Friday (1991, short), The Pin (1993, short), Seven Dreams (1994, short), Ten Seconds More (1995, short), The Glass House (1997, short), Evening Party (1999, short), Gagooman/The Twilight (2002), Jazireh ahani/Iron Island (2005), Baad-e-daboor/Head Wind (2008, doc), Keshtzar haye sepid/The White Meadows (2009), Bé omid é didar/Goodbye (2011), Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoosand/Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013), Lerd/A Man of Integrity (2017), Sheytan vojud nadarad/There Is No Evil (2020)

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Mohammad Rasoulof at IFFR

  • Manuscripts Don’t Burn

    Two government officials are on a mission to arrest a rebellious writer in this furious indictment of corrupt and murderous acts, in the form of a pol

    • Spectrum
  • Goodbye

    Without her husband and without her lawyer’s licence, which has been withdrawn, Noora is left pregnant and alone in her apartment. Her attempt t

    • Spectrum
  • The White Meadows

    Last December, Mohammad Rasoulof and his fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment. They were al

    • Spectrum
  • Gesher

    Film debut from the tradition of semi-documentary filmmaking in Iran, looking at three emigrant workers and their everyday hardship to earn money. It

    • Bright Future
  • A Man of Integrity

    A respectable family man, Reza, loses his money, his car and his source of income. What are you left with and what next? In his clandestinely shot six

    • Limelight