Doch das Böse gibt es nicht

A film by Moham­mad Rasou­lof. In Far­si with Ger­man subtitles.

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Hesh­mat, an exem­pla­ry hus­band and father, gets up very ear­ly every day. Whe­re does he go? Pou­ya can­not ima­gi­ne kil­ling ano­t­her man, yet he is told he must do so. Javad doesn’t know that pro­po­sing to his beloved won’t be the only sur­pri­se on her bir­th­day. Bahram is a phy­si­ci­an but is unab­le to prac­ti­ce medi­ci­ne. He has deci­ded to exp­lain to his visi­t­ing nie­ce the rea­son for his life as an out­cast. The four sto­ries that com­pri­se Sheytan vojud nadarad (The­re Is No Evil) offer varia­ti­ons on the cru­cial the­mes of moral strength and the death penal­ty, asking to what extent indi­vi­du­al free­dom can be expres­sed under a des­po­tic regime and its see­min­gly ine­s­ca­pa­ble thre­ats. Moham­mad Rasou­lof only crea­tes a loo­se nar­ra­ti­ve link bet­ween the­se sto­ries, and yet they are all tra­gi­cal­ly and inexor­ab­ly con­nec­ted. In the con­text of struc­tu­ral opp­res­si­on, choice seems to be limi­ted to eit­her resis­ting or sur­vi­ving. But with each abrupt­ly inter­rup­ted sto­ry, we are urged to con­si­der how men and women can assert their free­dom even in such situations.

Gol­den Baer – Ber­li­na­le 2020


OT: Sheytan vojud nadarad, IR/DE/SZ 2020,
139 Min., far­si OmU,
Regie & Buch: Moham­mad Rasoulof
Kame­ra: Ash­kan Ashkani
Schnitt: Mohamm­adre­za Mui­ni, Mey­sam Muini
mit: Ehsan Mir­hoss­ei­ni, Shag­hay­egh, Kaveh Ahan­gar, Ali­re­zy Zare­pa­rast, Salar Khamseh