There Is No Evil

150 mins.
Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
NR
Farsi with subtitles
2021

Playing through Thursday, June 24.
 

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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.


"This is one of the most kinetic films ever made surreptitiously; the long takes, particularly one in which Pouya retrieves a condemned man, then crumples, are breathtaking. And to make a movie that ponders the moral rot of an unjust system while under the gun of that unjust system is courageous and artistically potent." Ben Kenigsberg. A New York Times Critic's Pick!