Reza (35), having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and sole child, somewhere in a remote village in Northern Iran. He spends his days working in his gold fish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of the regional life. Its shareholders, accumulating wealth, power and economic rents, have been pushing local farmers and small owners to dilapidate their belongings, farms and estates, to the benefit of the Company’s influential network and its monopoly. It is under their pressure that many villagers have themselves become local rings of the larger network of corruption. Meanwhile, Reza strives to resist coercion and preserve his farm. Soon though, he will realize that he can no longer stand up to this powerful, yet hidden, coercive web of corruption. Giving up, he decides to sell his property and move away. The Company however, decides to raise the stakes…
Main Award | Cannes IFF, , 2017
CAST & CREW
Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Rozita Hendijania
Director of Photography
Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani, Zhila Shahi
Mohammad Rasoulof started his artistic activity at age nine by acting in the theatre in Shiraz. Then he pursued writing and directing for the theatre. He has studied social sciences. Focusing on social issues and the mutual impact on the individual and society, by living under a dictatorial and impervious government, has been the subject of most of his films. The documentary The Twilght (2002) was his first feature length film and won the Crystal Simorgh at the 21st Fajr IFF in Tehran, as well as Best Documentary Award at the 6th Iran Cinema House ceremony. Following the events after the 2009 Presidential election in Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi were arrested while on location making a film. At the ensuing trial Rasoulof was sentenced to six years imprisonment (5 years on charges of gathering and collusion against national security and 1 year on charges of involvement in propaganda against the regime). In the appeals court, he was acquitted of the first charge and his sentence was reduced to one year. In 2011, due to selection of his film Goodbye (2011) at the 64th Cannes IFF, his exit ban from Iran was lifted. In 2013, after making the film Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) and its screening at the 66th Cannes IFF, his passport and personal belongings were confiscated at Tehran Airport. Currently he is out on bail. In 2013, at the 40th Telluride FF, the Silver Medal of the festival was awarded to Mohammad Rasoulof, Coen Brothers and Robert Redford.
The Twilght (2002, doc.), Iron Island (2005), The White Meadows (2009), Goodbye (2011), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013), A Man of Integrity (2017).