Mohammad Rasulof

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Mohammad Rasulof

Mohammad Rasulof ( Persian محمد رسول‌اف Mohammad Rasulof , DMG Mohammad Rasūlof , * 1973 in Shiraz ) is an Iranian filmmaker , producer and artist . Due to the political situation in Iran, its activities are currently severely restricted. He is not under house arrest . He currently lives in Tehran and Hamburg .

life and work

Rasulof studied sociology and attended a workshop on film editing at the Sooreh Higher Education Institute in Tehran . In the 90s he started making short films; his first long film Gagooman won an award at the 2002 festival in Tehran.

The allegorical, ambiguous course is typical of Rasulof's films. His best-known film is Iron Island (2005), which tells an ambivalent story of the exodus of Sunni Iranians who flee into the desert from their accommodation, the wreck of an oil tanker that suddenly sinks. At the Hamburg Film Festival 2005, Rasulof received the Hamburg Film Critics' Prize for Eiserne Insel .

Rasulof's only documentary so far is Im Reich der Schüssel , which gives an insight into the contradicting media situation in Iran.

Mohammad Rasulof and Jafar Panahi repeatedly supported each other in their film projects. For example, in Rasulof's parable The White Meadows (2009), which deals with the importance of traditions in Iran today, Panahi did the editing. Rasulof was then arrested. They were arrested in March 2010 while they were filming a film by Panahi about the protests following the Iranian presidential election in 2009 . Rafi Pitts protested for the release.

Rasulof was often referred to in the western media as a collaborator of Panahi; However, both work independently and support each other on projects and often equally. In December 2010, both were sentenced to six years' imprisonment, which was not carried out. However, contrary to reports to the contrary, Rasulof was not banned from practicing his profession. However, the two were under house arrest with conditions.

The 2011 Berlin International Film Festival (“Berlinale”) were overshadowed by the condemnation of Rasulof and Panahi. In May 2011 Rasulof was surprisingly allowed to travel to the Cannes International Film Festival ; his film Be omid-e didar (Goodbye) had previously been shown. The film is about a young Iranian woman who is waiting for an exit visa. Be omid-e didar won the Un Certain Regard directorial award in Cannes . His film Dastneweschteha nemissusand (Manuscripts Don't Burn) relates to the chain murders in the 1990s when intellectuals - writers, publishers and journalists - were killed by the secret service. The film that was smuggled into France also premiered in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes in 2013 and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize . For the drama Lerd (A Man of Integrity) he finally received the main prize in the Un Certain Regard section in 2017 .

In 2017 he was accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which awards the Oscars every year.

Baran Rasulof at the award winners press conference of the Berlinale 2020 with the Golden Bear. Rasulof himself is connected via video.

In 2020, Rasulof received an invitation to compete at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for his feature film But Evil There is no such thing as an invitation to compete and ultimately won the Golden Bear . He could not accept the award personally because he did not receive a travel permit; his daughter Ranan Rasulof accepted the Golden Bear in his place.

A few days after the award ceremony, Rasulof was sentenced to one year imprisonment and banned from making films for two years because he had carried out “propaganda against the system” with three films.

There is no diffuse criticism of the regime in his works. Rasulof's films speak out - both brutally and poetically - for freedom of ideas, opinions and art.


  • 1991: Friday (short film)
  • 1993: The Pin (short film)
  • 1994: Seven Dreams (short film)
  • 1995: Ten Seconds More (short film)
  • 1997: The Glass House (short film)
  • 1999: Evening Party (short film)
  • 2002: Gagooman
  • 2005: Iron Island (Jazireh Ahani)
  • 2008: In the realm of keys (Baad-e-daboor) (documentary)
  • 2009: Keshtzarha ye sepid / The White Meadows
  • 2011: Bé Omid é Didar / Goodbye
  • 2013: Dastneveshteha Nemisoozand / Manuscripts Don't Burn
  • 2017: Lerd / A Man of Integrity
  • 2020: But there is no evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad)


Web links

Commons : Mohammad Rasoulof  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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