A Man of Integrity

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A Man of Integrity (Lerd)

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

  • Iran 2017; 117 min
  • Original version: Farsi
  • Genre: Fiction
    • Un Certain Regard Award - Cannes IFF
    • The Wilf Family Foundation Award Honorary Mention - Jerusalem IFF
    • Best Director, Best Lead Actor - Antalya IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Golden Apricot FF


Reza (35), having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and sole child, somewhere in a remote village in Northern Iran. He spends his days working in his gold fish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of the regional life. Its shareholders, accumulating wealth, power and economic rents, have been pushing local farmers and small owners to dilapidate their belongings, farms and estates, to the benefit of the Company's in influential network and its monopoly. It is under their pressure that many villagers have themselves become local rings of the larger network of corruption. Meanwhile, Reza strives to resist coercion and preserve his farm. Soon though, he will realize that he can no longer stand up to this powerful, yet hidden, coercive web of corruption. Giving up, he decides to sell his property and move away. The Company however, decides to raise the stakes...




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