THERE IS NO EVIL (SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD) World Cinema

THERE IS NO EVIL (SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD)

Following the film, AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan leads a conversation with filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof.

Banned from making films since 2017, Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear-winning four-part anthology is an epic examination of morality under an oppressive regime. Family man Heshmat goes to work every day performing unimaginable tasks. Pouya, serving his mandatory military service, must decide whether he will risk it all. For Javad, embarking upon a relaxing trip to visit his fiancée doesn’t go as planned. And in the final segment, Bahram reckons with an impossible choice made long ago. In this direct and searing condemnation, Rasoulof demonstrates that, under oppression, the average citizen is often an implicit collaborator. For the filmmaker, who in 2019 received his second prison sentence, political implications are often just a step away from the personal ones. Masterfully told, THERE IS NO EVIL is both timely and universal.
–Malin Kan

Iranian independent director, writer and producer Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1972. His first film GAGOOMAN (THE TWILIGHT, 2002) won Best Film at the Fajr Film Festival in Iran. Following the release of his second film, JAZIREH AHANI (IRON ISLAND, 2005), he faced issues with censorship laws in Iran, and, as a result, his films have been mostly banned. In 2017, he won the main prize in the Un Certain Regard section for LERD (A MAN OF INTEGRITY, 2017) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Chris Wells
Kino Lorber
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Details

Country: Germany, Iran, Czech Republic

Year: 2020

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof

Screenwriter: Mohammad Rasoulof

Producers: Mohammad Rasoulof, Farzad Pak, Kaveh Farnam

Executive Producer: Farzad Pak

Director of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani

Editors: Meysam Muini, Mohammadreza Muini

Production Designer: Saeed Asadi

Music: Amir Molookpour

Cast/Featuring: Ehsan Mirhosseini, Kaveh Ahangar, Mahtab Servati, Mohammad Valizadegan, Shaghayegh Shourian, Alireza Zareparast

Running Time (minutes): 150

Language: Farsi

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