- 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*** UN CERTAIN REGARD PRESIDENT UMA THURMAN WAVING AND WALKING THURMAN WALKING ON STAGE AUDIENCE TAKING PHOTO THURMAN SPEAKING / APPLAUSE VARIOUS WINNER DIRECTOR OF 'A MAN OF INTEGRITY' MOHAMMAD RASOULOF WALKING ONTO STAGE / THANKING JURY AND ACCEPTING PRIZE (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, MOHAMMAD RASOULOF, SAYING: ''Thank you I am happy, I am very happy cos I think this prize will be, everything will be easy for me after that.'' RASOULOF HOLDING PRIZE (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) DIRECTOR, MOHAMMAD RASOULOF, SAYING: "I love Iran, but it's like an alcoholic father to me, sometimes it hits me." RASOULOF WALKING AND SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS
- 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: LVA0016IM5XSD
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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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