THERE IS NO EVIL
This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner explores the dramatic effects of Iran’s capital punishment laws through four stunning vignettes.
Like fellow Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, THERE IS NO EVIL’s Mohammad Rasoulof has faced government condemnation for creating films that hold a mirror up to his beloved, yet conflicted, country. With THERE IS NO EVIL, Rasoulof sets his lens on Iran’s capital punishment laws, telling four vastly different stories all centered around the immediate and lasting implications of how the practice of compulsory death penalties weighs heavily on the conscience of Iranians. A sickened soldier’s vehement refusal to be the one to “pull the stool” and the mundane daily routine of a mild-mannered before his graveyard shift are united by the film’s central theme that the reverberations of capital punishment linger long after the execution and affect more than just the condemned. Though death may hang like an ominous cloud over the film, THERE IS NO EVIL finds hope in standing up for what is right, one’s willingness to change, and the strength of love and family. In a year full of unrest and cries for change, Rasoulof’s Golden Bear winner isn’t just an eloquent impression of Iran’s woes, it’s a powerful reflection on where we all are as a society.
CAST: Baran Rasoulof, Mohammad Seddighimehr, Zhila Shahi, Mahtab Servati
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