By winning the Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof reached the peak of his filmmaking career. Looking back at his near-20-year career gives an impression that the director always followed past and present trends in the politically oppositional branch of Iranian cinema, which included a visible resort to the use of allegories. His recent work is marked by a turn towards drama and his stories work best when he emphasizes the characters that are faced with difficult moral choices while under pressure from various forms of authority.

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