A film helmed by an Iranian director with its storyline revolving around capital punishment has bagged the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. As per reports, Mohammad Rasoulof was banned from directing in 2017 and he produced There Is No Evil, his sixth film secretly. He is also unable to travel outside Iran amid the charges relating to his earlier films. Baran, Rasoulof's daughter who also played a role in the film received the Golden Bear on his behalf, as per reports.
Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof's “There Is No Evil” won the Golden Bear prize Saturday for best picture at the Berlin Film Festival. He wasn't there to accept the award due to a travel ban imposed on him by Iranian authorities. The movie is about capital punishment. (AP) pic.twitter.com/duIL85uh2h— Firouz M. Naderi (@Firouz_Naderi) March 1, 2020
Jeremy Irons, the jury president at the film festival said that the plot of the film narrates four stories about the death penalty, which showed “the web an authoritarian regime weaves among ordinary people, drawing them towards inhumanity". As per reports, Rasoulof explained that his film There Is No Evil was about “people taking responsibility” addressing a news conference via video call. He added that each and every part of the film was is based on his own experience. He further added that idea of the film’s four episodes struck him when he came across a man and interrogated him while he was in the prison.
Congratulations to Mohammad Rasoulof, whose film There Is No Evil — a courageous critique of capital punishment in Iran — won the Golden Bear at the 70th annual Berlinale #MohammadRasoulof #telescopefilm pic.twitter.com/6tERiJOyfP— Telescope (@telescopefilm) March 1, 2020
Rasoulof added that after following the man for a while, he realised how normal he was and how much he resembled all other people. According to an international rights group, hundreds of people are executed in Iran every year.
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