Manuscripts Don't Burn - A movie by Mohammad Rasoulof on DVD Eith English subtitles
A film by Mohammad Rasoulof (DVD) (DVD)
In Farsi with English Subtitles
Editorial Review: Mohammad
Rasoulof was sentenced to six years in jail by the Iranian authorities
because of his subversive filmmaking activities. The scathing
MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN was clandestinely produced in protest of his
conviction, bringing a whole new level of clarity and audacity to
White Meadows) already laudable career. Drawing from the true
story of the government's attempted 1995 murder of several prominent
writers and intellectuals, Rasoulof imagines a repressive regime so
pervasive that even the morally righteous are subsumed or cast aside.
A lacerating and slow-burning thriller filmed in a frigid palette of
blues and grays. MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN is perhaps the most subversive
and incendiary j'accuse lodged against an authoritarian regime since
the fall of the Soviet Union.
Based on true events, the story revolves around a manuscript detailing
a 1995 failed assassination plot by the Iranian regime against
twenty-one writers and journalists. Almost twenty years later, the
existence of this document remains a threat and the head of the
censorship board has hired two killers, Morteza and Khosrow, to
collect the remaining copies and silence the participants. A masterful
storyteller, Rasoulof slowly reveals the relevant details, splitting
the narrative between the henchmen and their isolated, state-oppressed
victims. Shifting tone from suspense to art-house drama, and moving
between past and present with seamless fluidity, we follow Morteza and
Khosrow on their mission while silently observing the suffocating
existence of three surviving writers. Rasoulof was arrested in 2010
alongside fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi for "acting against national
security." He was given a prison sentence and banned from making films
for twenty years.
SLOW-MOTION EXPLOSION OF ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN RAGE." The
New York Times "THE
MOST IMPORTANT MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR." IndieWire
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Drama / Political
Language: In Farsi with English subtitles
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