Manuscripts Don't Burn

An Iranian political thriller about a pair of writers persecuted by their government for writing a controversial book. Mohammad Rasoulof directed. In Persian with subtitles.I’ve seen plenty of movies whose cast and crew should wish to remain anonymous, but never one this good in which they actually are. Manuscripts Don’t Burn is the latest drama from Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, best known here for the political allegory Iron Island (2005), and the new movie—a tale of government censorship, repression, and murder—is so uncompromising that the only onscreen credit belongs to Rasoulof. After he and fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi were arrested for shooting a movie about the disputed 2009 presidential election, Rasoulof fled to Hamburg, where he was living when Manuscripts Don’t Burn won a prize from the International Federation of Film Critics at the Cannes film festival. In September 2013, Rasoulof returned to Iran, where, relieved of his passport, he’s been cooling his heels in Tehran ever since. None of his films has ever been released in his native land. Continue reading >>