Man of Integrity

Un Certain Regard ~ Special Mention
Cannes Film Festival
An uncompromising drama from one of Iran's most outspoken directors.


A Man of Integrity

Reza, having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and young son, somewhere in a remote village in Northern Iran. He spends his days working on his goldfish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of regional life. Its shareholders, accumulating wealth, power and economic influence, have been pushing local farmers and small owners to sell off 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 links in the larger network of corruption.

Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof, whose latest feature THERE IS NO EVIL won the Golden Bear at last year’s Berlinale, has been making scathing social commentary of the Iranian regime for over a decade, but he remains relatively unknown and under-appreciated in the U.S.—despite winning numerous prizes at such top world film festivals as Cannes and Berlin. A MAN OF INTEGRITY reveals the corruption and state cronyism at the heart of one of the most powerful and influential regimes in the Middle East.
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Mohammad Rasoulof
Mohammad Rasoulof
Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani, Zhila Shahi
Winner, Un Certain Regard ~ Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival
Robert Abele, TheWrap

At a crucial point in Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s blistering drama “A Man of Integrity,” a suffering friend of the main character says, “In this country, you’re either oppressor or oppressed. There are no other options.” In the attempt of his beleaguered protagonist to live a third way — ...

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