Berlin Winner Mohammad Rasoulof Summoned To Serve Jail Term In Iran

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By Tom Grater
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, whose latest feature There Is No Evil won the top award at the recent Berlin Film Festival, has been summoned to serve a one-year prison term in his home country.
Rasoulof was sentenced last year for the political content of his films, which an Iranian court cited as “propaganda against the Islamic government.” He was also handed a two-year travel ban, and as such was unable to attend the ceremony in Berlin to pick up the Golden Bear prize. In his absence, he sent a statement to press, writing that “Imposing such restrictions very clearly exposes the intolerant and despotic nature of the Iranian government.”
On Wednesday, his lawyer told the Associated Press that the filmmaker has now been summoned to serve his sentence. He also added that they would appeal the decision, particularly considering the current strain on the Iranian prison system caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen authorities send 54,000 prisoners temporarily home in an attempt to curtail the virus spreading.
At the time of writing, state media had not reported on the summons.
Mohammad Rasoulof (Persian: محمد رسول‌اف‎; born 1972 in Shiraz, Iran) is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He studied sociology in Tehran. Currently he lives in Tehran and in Hamburg.
Since 2010, Rasoulof has been sentenced many times by Iranian Revolutionary Court. Through their actions of censorship, the Iranian authorities do not only restrict Rasoulof as an individual, but also his artistic freedom of expression. As a filmmaker and artist, Mohammad Rasoulof depicts the world that we live in, which is an important means for reflection and discussion.
His first feature-length film, The Twilight (Gagooman), was released in 2002 and was awarded with the Crystal Simorgh for the Best First Film at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. His second feature, Iron Island (Jazire-ye ahani), was released in 2005. His feature The White Meadows (Keshtzarha-ye sepid) was released in 2009.
Goodbye (Be omid-e didar) premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard and won the prize for directing. His film Manuscripts Don't Burn was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. A Man of Integrity won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. There Is No Evil was awarded the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020. None of his films have been released in Iran.
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