Iranian Film 'Good Bye' From Imprisoned Director Mohammad Rasoulof to Open Hamburg Fest


COLOGNE, Germany - Good Bye, the last film made by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof before his arrest by authorities in Tehran in 2010, will open this year's Hamburg Film Festival on Sept. 29.

Rasoulof was arrested together with fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi and charged with collusion and propagandizing against the regime in connection with the so-called Green revolution against Iran's dictatorship. Like Panahi, Rasoulof was sentenced to six years in prison but unlike his collegue, he has been released on bail and is currently under house arrest.

Rasoulof's friends managed to sneak a copy of Good Bye out of the country and it first screened in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes.

Hamburg has cherry picked many of its titles this year from the Cannes selection, including Jury Grand Prize winner Once Upon A Time In Anatolia from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Gus van Sant's Un Certain Regard opener Restless and cancer drama Stopped on Track from Germany's Andreas Dresen.

Dresen, whose work also includes Cloud 9, Grill Point and Summer in Berlin, will recieve Hamburg's lifetime achievement honor, the Douglas Sirk Award. In a first for Hamburg, Dresen will share the prize with his long-time producer Peter Rommel.

The 2011 Hamburg Film Festival runs Sept. 29-Oct.8.

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