Art and Experience: The 3rd edition of the Bogota International Film Festival (BIFF) in Colombia has scheduled to screen ‘A Man of Integrity’ by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof.
The Iranian flick will compete at “A Better World” section of the Colombian event in October 2017.
‘A Man of Integrity’ (AKA Lerd) is a 117-minute fiction about a man persecuted by powerful economic and political forces who refuses to bribe his way out of trouble.
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, and the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in France.
More than 50 films from over 30 countries will go on screen during this edition of the festival.
Founded in 1984 as a national cinematic event, the BIFF held its first international edition in 2015.
The third BIFF will be held in the Colombian capital on October 12-18, 2017.