There Is No Evil

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
152 minutes
MA 15+
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Banned from making films in Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof won the Berlinale Golden Bear for this powerful take on the death penalty and its impact on Iranian society.
Over the past decade Rasoulof (A Man of Integrity, SFF 2017) has faced various legal difficulties and prison sentences. There Is No Evil is inspired by the moment he saw one of his former interrogators at the bank. At first angered, Rasoulof decided to follow his adversary around – which led him to contemplate the role of individuals in an autocratic state. Through four thematically linked stories about people facing complex dilemmas, Rasoulof captures a society profoundly affected by capital punishment. Characteristically intelligent and provocative, Rasoulof imbues each story with a sense of mystery and moral complexity, resulting in an uncompromising film of great power.
Rasoulof launches his most openly critical statement yet, a series of Kafkaesque moral parables about Iran’s death penalty and its perpetrators, made in open defiance of the restrictions the government put on him.
Peter Debruge, Variety
The role of fiction is to represent that which can’t be observed, whether aspects of inner life or inaccessible reaches of the outside world. That’s why fictional films at their best are a kind of documentary—as is true of the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s haunting new drama, There Is No Evil.
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Program Strand
First Films
Original Title
Sheytan vojud nadarad
MA 15+
Germany, Czech Republic, Iran
In Farsi with English subtitles
Mohammad Rasoulof
Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak
Ehsan Mirhosseini, Shaghayegh Shourian, Kaveh Ahangar
Mohammad Rasoulof
Ashkan Ashkani
Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
Australian Distributor
Madman Entertainment
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