Manuscripts Don't Burn

Manuscripts Don't Burn  {Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoozand}
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Manuscripts Don't Burn
Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoozand
Iran, 2013, 127 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, Middle East, Political
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Persian English Sub-Titles

Awards: FIPRESCI prize, Cannes

The means by which an authoritarian regime succeeds in silencing independent voices is the subject of this clandestinely made drama from Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, who still has an unexecuted prison sentence hanging over his head. His brave picture not only makes the viewer complicit in the action, but it is also one of the first to confront so directly the brutality of the Islamic Republic’s feared security apparatus.

A FIPRESCI prizewinner at Cannes, the film opens like a thriller, with working-class man Khosrow running from a pursuer and jumping, in the nick of time, into a car driven by his colleague Morteza. It’s only after we follow Khosrow home and feel sympathy for his sick child and financial problems that we discover that he and Morteza are the torture and assassination arms of the state. Along with their silken-voiced boss, the two men are searching for copies of a banned manuscript.

“A sustained attack on state corruption, violence and censorship in modern-day Iran, […] Rasoulof’s most angry work to date.”
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Note: In order to maintain the safety of his crew and cast, names other than Rasoulof’s are redacted from the film’s credits. When the director returned to Iran in September, his passport was seized, rendering him unable to leave the country.

DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof
Producer: Mohammad Rasoulof
Screenwriter: Mohammad Rasoulof
Filmography: Good Bye (2011)
The White Meadows (2009)
Iron Island(2005)
Print Source: Elle Driver

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