Dir.: Mohammad Rasoulof | Iran 2011 | 100 min
It attracted much publicity when Isabella Rossellini read out a letter from the Iranian director Jafar Panahi at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. Panahi was supposed to be a member of the jury, but he had been condemned to 20 years imprisonment because of critical remarks about the regime. A similar destiny has befallen another significant Iranian director, Mohammad Rasoulof, who is "only" under national house arrest and has therefore had the opportunity, as well as enormous courage, to make the regime-critical film 'Goodbye', about the pregnant lawyer Noura, who has seen her license revoked because of her political work. As her husband has fled into exile, Noura is left alone without any future prospects, in a country where women aren't even allowed to drive cars on their own. 'Goodbye' is told at a leisurely pace, with impressively long and moving takes, which enhance the film's cynical realism and reveal the impotence and frustration, which Rasoulof shares with his protagonist.