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Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, "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 of four chapters; each tells 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 portray conscripted soldiers; in Iran, it is they who are often 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, and it brings the film to a powerful conclusion. (VIFF)

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

- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

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

- Ed Frankl, The Film Stage

"Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency. There Is No Evil has won audience awards and festival prizes around the world."

- Kino Lorber

  • Year
  • Runtime
    150 minutes
  • Language
    Farsi, German
  • Country
    Iran, Czech Republic, Germany
  • Note
    With English Subtitles
  • Director
    Mohammad Rasoulof