A MAN OF INTEGRITY
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A film by Mohammad Rasoulof
2017, 117 min., Color, In Farsi, with English subtitles
A Big World Pictures Release
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 THE 2020 Berlinale, has been making scathing social commentary of the Iranian regime for over a decade, but he remains relatively unknown and underappreciated in the US—despite winning numerous prizes at such top world film festivals as Cannes and Berlin. A MAN OF INTEGRITYreveals 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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“Rasoulof’s realism is radical in the literal sense: he exposes the root of Iranian society and reveals its founding premise to be the all-pervasive source of injustice and corruption. “A Man of Integrity” is both a work of political defiance and of artistic audacity.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“An uncompromising drama from one of Iran's most outspoken directors.”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"A satisfyingly gritty addition to Iran's tradition of humanist cinema." - Wendy Ide, Screen International
"[A] brave, underground production...manages to resonate on both specific and universal levels."
- Alissa Simon, Variety