Mohammad Rasoulof is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He studied sociology in Tehran. Currently he lives in Tehran and in Hamburg.
His first feature-length film, The Twilight, was released in 2002. His second feature, Iron Island, was released in 2005. His feature The White Meadows was released in 2009.
In 2010 Rasoulof was arrested on set and was accused of filming without a permit. He was sentenced by the government of Iran to six years in prison. This was later reduced to one year. Right now he is out on bail, and is waiting for the sentence to be carried out.
Goodbye premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard and won the prize for directing. His recent film Manuscripts Don't Burn was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. None of his films has been released in Iran.