In Iran the winner of the Berlin film festival called to serve his prison sentence for propaganda against the state system

Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof, received the Golden bear at the recent Berlin film festival, received a notice from the Iranian authorities about the need to receive a prison sentence, told the AP the Director's lawyer Nasser Zarafshan Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof, received the Golden bear at the recent Berlin film festival, received a notice from the Iranian authorities about the need to receive a prison sentence, told the AP the Director’s lawyer Nasser Zarafshan
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Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, received the Golden bear at the recent Berlin film festival, received a notice from the Iranian authorities about the need to receive a prison sentence, told the AP the Director’s lawyer Nasser Zarafshan.

According to him, notify Rasoulof learned from a text message that he sent to the judiciary. To year prison Director sentenced in July, having recognized guilty of spreading propaganda against the state system with his films. Rasolofo forbidden to leave Iran and make a film within two years.

the defense filed an appeal, but at the end of 2019, the Director was reported that the court rejected it. Since then, Rasoulof was waiting for new information about when the verdict will come into force. According to the lawyer, the Director does not intend to surrender and plans to again appeal the court decision. Zarafshan believes that their use can play the spread in Iran of the epidemic of coronavirus in the background of tOREM temporarily released about 54 thousand prisoners.

This is not the first time the Iranian authorities appear claims to the work of Rasulova. In 2011, he was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films for 20 years. The reason was a picture of Rasulova “Farewell”, in which the government also saw the propaganda against the state system. The Director took her two prizes at the Cannes film festival.

Later, the court approved the appeal and reduced the term to a year. In prison Rasoulof and has not appeared. In 2017, the Director became the winner of the Cannes film festival in the nomination “Special look” with the film “Incorruptible.” After returning from the festival, the Iranian authorities took Rasulova passport and banned to shooting.29 February 2020 Rasoulof won the main prize of the Berlin film festival for his film “Evil does not exist”, devoted to the death penalty. Because of the ban on working in Iran, the Director had to shoot the film secretly, but because of the ban on leaving the country, he could not receive the award personally. Instead, he did his daughter, actress Baran Rasoulof, which played in the film.