Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

There is No Evil
(Sheytan vojud nadarad)

Year: 2020
Language: Farsi, German
Run Time: 150 minutes

There is No Evil
There is No Evil
There is No Evil
There is No Evil

For Iranian men, military service is mandatory. They can’t get a passport or a job, or start a dignified life in Iran, without having served. And while some of these compulsory tasks in the military are mundane… others will haunt these soldiers for the rest of their lives. Under the authoritarian Iranian regime, executions are common. People can be sentenced to death for something as benign as drinking alcohol. And the soldiers who are charged with carrying out these executions face a dire choice: kill or to be punished themselves for refusing to take another life. An anthology of four stories, THERE IS NO EVIL explores the consequences of executions in Iran and the impact on those forced to see them through. A dynamic blend of miniature plots involving suspense, romance, and drama, THERE IS NO EVIL is an enthralling film from start to finish. Created at great risk to the production team, director Mohammad Rasoulof had to film this project in secret and is currently imprisoned and banned from leaving Iran as a result. (In Farsi and German with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

International Narrative Competition


Mohammad Rasoulof

Kaveh Farnam, Mohammad Rasoulof, Farzad Pak

Mohammad Rasoulof

Ashkan Ashkani

Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini

Principal Cast
Ehsan Mirhosseini, Shaghayegh Shourian, Kaveh Ahangar, Alireza Zareparast, Salar Khamseh

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