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Busan Film Festival screening Iranian ‘A Man of Integrity’

The 22nd Busan Int’l Film Festival in South Korea is screening Iranian film ‘A Man of Integrity’.

The 22nd edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea has been screening the Iranian movie ‘A Man of Integrity’ directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.

The organizers announced that the Iranian movie is going on screen at “A Window on Asian Cinema” section in Busan’s MEGABOX Jangsan Haeundae on October 14, 17 and 20, 2017.

‘A Man of Integrity’ (AKA Lerd) is a 117-minute fiction about a man who refuses to bribe his way out of trouble caused by powerful economic and political forces.

Reza, having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and sole son, 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 influential network and its monopoly.

It is under their pressure that many villagers themselves have become local rings of the larger network of corruption.

Reza Akhlaqirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, and Nasim Adabi have starred in the film that has been screened at a number of prestigious global events, including Sydney Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival, the Bogota International Film Festival in Colombia, the Film Festival Gent in Belgium, the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival in Georgia, and the 70th Cannes Film Festival in France where it won the Un Certain Regard award.

BIFF, held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.

Launched in 1996 as the first international film festival in Korea, BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

The 22nd edition of BIFF has been slated for October 12-21 in the South Korean city of Busan.