Reza has escaped the moral swamp of the city and leads a modest life with his family as a fish farmer in a village in Northern Iran. But the countryside is also by no means free of corruption and violence. A major manufacturer with good connections to the government starts forcing local farmers and small businesses into a network of dependence by any means necessary. Reza is determined to steer clear of this sleaze – then one day all his fish are dead. The film is an impressive portrait of how corrupt cartels of power and money dictate life in Iran. A Man of Integrity won the main prize in the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
MOHAMMAD RASOULOF (*1973) has already been a guest at FILMFEST HAMBURG several times, most recently in 2017 with "A Man of Integrity". Rasoulof has been imprisoned many times for his criticism of the regime. None of his films have ever been officially shown in Iran.