KINO LORBER ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS FOR BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN BEAR WINNER, THERE IS NO EVIL

KINO LORBER ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS FOR BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN BEAR WINNER, THERE IS NO EVIL

 

Set to release in Fall 2020, Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof’s banned drama about enforcement  of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic was filmed secretly and smuggled out to the Festival.

Past Berlin Film Festival winners distributed by KL includes: Nadav Lapid’s SYNONYMS (2019), Adina Pintilie’s TOUCH ME NOT (2018),  Gianfranco Rosi’s FIRE AT SEA (2016), Jafar Panahi’s TAXI (2015)

 

“The movie provokes the wonder and terror of what it means to live in a world where every resolution brings new questions, and the prospects that a happy endingmight carry the greatest risk of all.” -- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"There Is No Evil" comes across as four films for the price of one, none of its segments anemic, and each contributing fresh insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.”  -- Peter Debruge, Variety
“Not since A Short Film About Killing has a filmmaker produced such a thrilling case against capital punishment, an enraging, enthralling, enduring testament to the oppressed.”  -- Ed Frankl, The Film Stage
 
 
New York, NY – April  10, 2019 – Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired U.S. rights to Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s urgent drama There is No Evil about executioners who enforce the death penalty in the Islamic Republic. The film won the prestigious Berlinale Golden Bear with a jury that included actor Jeremy Irons, filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan and actress Bérénice Bejo. Indiewire called it the festival’s “most triumphant achievement — a defiant statement and galvanizing work of art.”
 
Kino Lorber also previously acquired four Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winners: Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms in 2019, Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not in 2018, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea in 2016, and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi in 2015. Rasoulof’s slow-burning thriller from 2013, Manuscripts Don’t Burn was also released theatrically by Kino Lorber and draws from the true story of the government's attempted 1995 murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals.
 
Due to a ban from the Iranian government, Rasoulof wasn’t allowed to attend the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, nor able to accept his award in-person. Along with fellow director Jafar Panahi, he has been sentenced to jail in the past and Iranian authorities have tried to enforce a 20-year ban to keep him from making movies. This is his sixth feature film, none of which have screened in Iran.
 
There is No Evil, an anthology feature comprised of four stories of men who are each put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice - to follow orders to enforce the death penalty upon others, or not. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives. The humanistic stories offer insight into crucial themes of moral strength and the harshness of the death penalty under an oppressive  regime.
 
There is No Evil was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Film Boutique’s Head of Sales Julien Razafindranaly.
 
Director Mohammad Rasoulof said, "I am very happy that Kino Lorber is once again distributing one of my films in the U.S. With their selection of titles they demonstrate that  cinema can be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time, confronting the audience with questions of choice and morality."
 
Lidell said, “About halfway through watching There is No Evil, I knew it was destined to win Berlin’s Golden Bear.  Told with great insight and compassion, this story of personal soul-searching is both uniquely Iranian and superbly universal.  We believe it will resonate deeply with Americans during these extraordinary times.”
 
Razafindranaly said, “We are really glad that There is No Evil has been so well-received since its premiere at the Berlinale and today it is with the same level of happiness that we team up again with Richard, Wendy and the whole team at Kino Lorber in order to bring this year’s Golden Bear to American audiences very soon”.
 
The film will be rolled out in theaters in Fall 2020, followed by VOD and home video release.
 
Mohammad Rasoulof
Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972, he began directing documentaries and short films while studying sociology. After his second film, Iron Island, opportunities for him to make and screen his work grew increasingly restricted. All seven of his feature films have fallen victim to the censor in Iran. In 2010, he was arrested on set while working alongside Jafar Panahi and sentenced to a year in prison. He has won numerous international awards for his work including several prizes in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Since 2017, he has been officially barred from leaving Iran.
 
Kino Lorber
With a library of over 2,800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. Recent theatrical releases include Cannes-winners Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne’s Young Ahmed, and Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles’s Bacurau. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library.