There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad)
Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Streaming starts on Friday, May 14
“Rasoulof’s style infuses the subject matter with a sense of poetry and moral reckoning that invokes age-old Persian literary traditions.”—Kathleen Sachs, Chicago Reader
Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice–to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly affect their lives, their relationships, and their consciences.
Says director Mohammad Rasoulof, “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?”
Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency, Rasoulof’s film is an incisive look at the moral strength and inner humanity of its protagonists. There Is No Evil has won audience awards and festival prizes around the world, including the Golden Bear (Best Film) at the Berlin Film Festival. 2020, Iran, in Farsi with English subtitles, 150 minutes. Recommended for 16+.