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It seems that Muhammad Rasoulof fled Iran – News

It seems that Muhammad Rasoulof fled Iran – News

  • Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, who was sentenced to several years in prison last week, secretly left his country.
  • Warsawlov is invited to attend the Cannes Film Festival, which starts this week. His new film is being screened there in competition for the Palme d'Or.
  • According to his film agency, it is still unclear whether Rasouloff will be able to come to Cannes or not.

News of his secret departure comes shortly after he was sentenced to eight years in prison and flogging. Just over a year ago, Rasulov was again banned from leaving the country. According to activists, this was aimed at preventing the director from participating in the Cannes Film Festival. Rasulov, who won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2020 for his film “There Is No Evil,” is considered a highly critical director in the country.

With a heavy heart, I decided to go into exile.

The film agency quoted him as saying in a statement: “I arrived in Europe a few days ago after a long and complicated journey.” “I didn't have much time to make the decision. I had to choose between prison and leaving Iran. With a heavy heart, I decided to go into exile. The Islamic Republic confiscated my passport in September 2017. So I had to leave Iran secretly.”


Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof during the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2013.

Reuters/Regis Duvigneau

The departure was also confirmed on Rasoulof's Instagram page, which was accompanied by significant criticism of the Iranian state. “If geographical Iran suffers under the weight of your religious tyranny, then cultural Iran is alive in the minds of millions of Iranians,” she said.

Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili on Sunday criticized the production of his new film. The minister, who is also subject to European Union sanctions over the crackdown on Iranian artists, said this was a “clear violation.”