Reza moves to the countryside in northern Iran with his wife and their 12-year-old son, hoping to live a freer and more independent life. But corruption is everywhere. The “company” runs just about every aspect of local life, and Reza is increasingly getting into trouble for not following the rules. Reza, as a man of integrity, does everything he can to protect his family and his rights, but at which cost?
A MAN OF INTEGRITY fits well into the modern realist film tradition in Iran, but while some of his colleagues are more indirect in their criticism of the Iranian society, Rasoulof presents a down right explicit system critique. Hence, none of Rasoulof’s films have been screened in Iran and the director has a pending jail sentence for filming without a licence. Last year the authorities confiscated his passport, just before he was due to appear at the Films from the South festival in Oslo. A MAN OF INTEGRITY won the “Un Certain Regard” Award at Cannes 2017.