Mohammad Rasoulof

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). 

Filmography

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

The White Meadows

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 also banned from making films for a period of twenty years(!). This seems to mean that the chance of Rasoulof making another powerful allegory like The White Meadows, is gone for good.In this surreal, poetic drama, the old fisherman Rahmat travels to the salt islands to collect the tears of the inhabitants, in the hope that these tears will one day turn to pearls.The IFFR is organising a free screening with the Global Film Initiative. The White Meadows is part of the Global Lens 2011 series.

Mohammad Rasoulof
  • 92'

  • Iran

IFFR 2011