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(Iran/Germany/Czech Republic/2020—directed by Mohammad Rasoulof)
Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about individuals being faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice – to follow an authoritarian regime’s orders to enforce the death penalty, or to resist and risk everything. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly affect their lives, their relationships, and their consciences.
Director Mohammad Rasoulof, now sentenced to prison and banned from making films for two years, wrote, "As responsible citizens, do we have a choice when enforcing the inhumane orders of despots? As human beings, to what extent are we to be held responsible for carrying out those orders? Where does the duality of love and moral responsibility leave us?"
Described by IndieWire’s Eric Kohn as "a brilliant anthology and a riveting thriller," There is No Evil is an urgent, incisive look at the moral strength and inner humanity of its protagonists. Winner, Golden Bear (Best Film), 2020 Berlin Film Festival. In Farsi with English subtitles. (150 minutes)
“Pulses with humor, romance and life. Rasoulof has turned filmmaking into an act of resistance… Every tale breathes." -Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“A major work of Iranian cinema. An enraging, enthralling, enduring testament to the oppressed." -Ed Frankl, The Film Stage
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