Cannes 2017: The Un Certain Regard prize goes to Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof

FP Staff

May,28 2017 13:04:10 IST

An Iranian film-maker who was jailed for "anti-regime propaganda" won the top prize at the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes film festival Saturday.

 Iranian actor Reza Akhlaghirad, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof and Iranian actress Soudabeh Beizaee arrive on May 27, 2017 for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (AFP photo)

Iranian actor Reza Akhlaghirad, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof and Iranian actress Soudabeh Beizaee arrive on May 27, 2017 for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (AFP photo)

Mohammad Rasoulof won for A Man of Integrity (Lerd)  about a man working on a goldfish farm in northern Iran who becomes snagged in corrupt ties between the local leaders and businessmen.

"We are proud to present an aesthetically diverse and beautiful palmares," said Uma Thurman,' Un Certain Regard' jury president, to open the ceremony.

Rasoulof, 45, took best director in the same competition six years ago for Goodbye while he was in jail.

He had been sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 for making a documentary about protests that followed the disputed re-election of the then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the previous year.

He was also banned for making films for 20 years, but the sentence was reduced to one year on appeal.

Another of his films, Manuscripts Don't Burn, about authors and activists murdered in the 1980s and 1990s, was shown at Cannes in 2013.

American Taylor Sheridan, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for his screenplay for the modern Western Hell or High Water, won best director for Wind River, a crime thriller about an FBI agent investigating a murder on a native American reservation.

Mexican family drama April's Daughters won the runner-up Jury Prize in the section, which showcases more edgy, up-and-coming directors than Cannes' main competition.

Barbara, a biopic about the eponymous 1960s French singer, also won a commendation, while Jasmine Trinca won best actress for her performance as a young divorced mother in Italian drama Fortunata.

Meanwhile, 120 Beats Per Minute, a moving French drama about AIDS activists, won three of the festival's subsidiary awards, including the critics' prize, in what could be a sign that it may take the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or on Sunday.

The FIPRESCI critics' jury also rewarded the debut Russian feature Tesnota by Kantemir Balagov and Portugal's A Fabrica de Nada, about workers who take their factory apart rather than let their jobs go abroad, by Pedro Pinho.

Other jury members included directors Joachim Lafosse and Mohamed Diab, actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary festival director Karel Och.

(With inputs from agencies)

Updated Date: May 28, 2017 16:39 PM