Archive of films A Man of Integrity / Lerd

2017, 117 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

An archetypal story about the last honest man (charismatic thirtysomething Reza), who stands up to local corruption (a mob corporation in the remote northern Iranian countryside) even at the cost of endangering his own family. This original and engrossing drama by a respected Iranian filmmaker won the main prize in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes fest.


Charismatic thirty-something Reza, who hides a gentle soul behind the gloomy façade of a man of action, leads a simple life with his wife and son far from the chaos of the big city. In a remote location somewhere in northern Iran, he puts all his energy into the family business: a goldfish farm. But even here he begins to feel the growing power and capital of a rapacious private enterprise that forces the local famers to give up their livelihood to its own benefit. “If you don’t obey the prevalent value system, which itself seems to be totally immoral, you become seen as an outsider and a troublemaker,” says the respected director with regard to his film. This original and engrossing drama about the last honest man willing to stand up to a corrupt system even at the cost of endangering his own family won the main prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes film festival. 

Karel Och

About the director

Mohammad Rasoulof (b. 1972, Shiraz, Iran) first took an interest in theater in his youth. After earning a degree in sociology, he went on to study film editing at Sooreh University in Tehran. He debuted in 2002 with the documentary The Twilight; the drama Iron Island (2005) premiered at Cannes and was later shown in Another View at KVIFF. He has also directed The White Meadows (2009), Goodbye (2011), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) and A Man of Integrity (2017). Following the 2009 presidential election in Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof and his colleague Jafar Panahi were arrested while making a movie. At the ensuing trial, Rasoulof was charged with anti-government activities and collusion against national security; he spent a year in prison.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Screenplay: Mohammad Rasoulof
Dir. of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Editor: Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
Producer: Mohammad Rasoulof
Cast: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani, Zhila Shahi
Sales: The Match Factory


Mohammad Rasoulof

Film Director

Kaveh Farnam

Producer, Investor


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