There Is No Evil

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

Year: 2020
Running Time: 150
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Country: Germany, Czech Republic, Iran
Language: Farsi with English Subtitles
Genres: Drama
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There Is No Evil

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Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof


Working in defiance of a lifelong ban on filmmaking, dissident director Mohammad Rasoulof delivers a piercing drama about a subject he knows well: the costs of living under a repressive, brutal government. Winner of the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, There Is No Evil is a film in four chapters, each telling a different story related to the death penalty in contemporary Iran.

The first story concerns a family man who, as we come to see, pays a grave moral price for his comfortable middle-class life. The second and third chapters focus on conscripted soldiers – in Iran, it is often these men who are forced to perform executions – and both segments explore the tension and turmoil that can come with such harsh coercion. The final section involves a family secret, which brings the film to its powerful conclusion. Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency, Rasoulof's work bears the mark of an artist who sets his own terms – and who knows just how to captivate an audience. – Vancouver International Film Festival

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Reviews

“Pulses with humor, romance and life. Rasoulof has turned filmmaking into an act of resistance… every tale breathes."

“A major work of Iranian cinema. An enraging, enthralling, enduring testament to the oppressed."

“Brilliant. A riveting thriller… each chapter involves a new angle on the emotional stakes at hand."

“Makes its point with a shock of recognition, like the best Iranian films have led us to expect.”

"Four films for the price of one... each contributing fresh insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.”

“A brave and impassioned work. The only power citizens have in the face of tyranny is the power to say no.”

“Sav[es] one of the most unexpected plot twists in all of cinema to the very last shot.”



Awards

  • Winner: Golden Bear – Berlin Film Festival

  • Winner: Grand Prize – Heartland International Film Festival

  • Winner: Best Narrative Feature – Montclair FIlm Festival

  • Winner: Audience Award – Philadelphia Film Festival

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