- Title: Iranian film "A Man of Integrity" wins 'Certain Regard' competition at Cannes
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CZECH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE KARLOVY VARY FESTIVAL AND MEMBER OF THE UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY KAREL OCH PRESENTING BEST DIRECTOR HARVEY WEINSTEIN AND VICTOR HADIDA WALKING TO STAGE HARVEY WEINSTEIN AND VICTOR HADIDA COLLECTING PRIZE / WEINSTEIN READING MESSAGE FROM WINNER TAYLOR SHERIDAN AUDIENCE APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) FILM PRODUCER, VICTOR HADIDA (COLLECTING AWARD ON BEHALF OF TAYLOR SHERIDAN, SAYING: ''He's very proud of having received that and he was saying is honour and joy and basically he was not able to come here but as he said to win his session he will go and ride some horses in the river.''
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 20:58
- Keywords: Mohammad Rasoulof Lerd Un Certain Regard winner Cannes film festival
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: CANNES, FRANCE/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA0036IM5XSD
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- Story Text: A movie by an Iranian who was arrested for his work in Iran won the "Un Certain Regard" competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (May 27), bolstering the country's filmmakers' reputation for defying the censors to make high-quality films.
"A Man of Integrity", filmed in Iran but unlikely ever to be shown there due to censorship, is a tense drama about a man persecuted by powerful economic and political forces who refuses to bribe his way out of trouble.
Writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, 45, was arrested alongside acclaimed director Jafar Panahi in 2010 and sentenced to jail. He is free on bail and has continued to make films that explore political and moral corruption. Rasoulof's win comes three months after Asghar Farhadi won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for "The Salesman", also shot in Iran, and recognizes him as a major force in international cinema.
Rasoulof said Iranian authorities had given him a permit to shoot "A Man of Integrity" but only after he signed a paper promising not to make it "too dark". He has not been granted permission to screen the film in Iran so, like his previous five features, it is unlikely to be seen there except via unauthorized copies.
"Un Certain Regard", a separate section from the main contest at Cannes, recognizes younger talent and innovative filmmaking. The winners in the main competition, including the Palme d'Or for best picture, will be announced on Sunday (May 28).
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