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Mohammad Rasoulof’s Berlin Winner ‘There Is No Evil’ Sold to U.S. – Variety



Kino Lorber has acquired U.S rights to the highest prize winner at this yr’s Berlin Movie Competition, “There Is No Evil,” directed by Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof, who on March four was sentenced by Iranian authorities to 1 yr’s imprisonment for 3 of his movies. He was additionally banned from making new movies fro the subsequent two years.

Set for a Fall launch, after which a VOD and residential video bow, “There Is No Evil,” turning on the enforcement of the loss of life penalty in Iran, was filmed in secret and smuggled in another country. Rasoulof himself was unable to attend the Berlin Competition along with his Golden Bear award being picked up by his daughter.

An omnibus characteristic, “There Is No Evil” frames 4 tales of males and the ethical challenges they face when encharged with finishing up the loss of life penalty. The movie obtained glowing evaluations, Peter Debruge at Selection observing that “There Is No Evil” “comes throughout as 4 movies for the worth of 1, none of its segments anemic, and every contributing contemporary insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.”

“There’s No Evil’s” U.S. deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber senior VP Wendy Lidell and Movie Boutique’s head of gross sales Julien Razafindranaly.

”I’m very completely satisfied that Kino Lorber is as soon as once more distributing one among my movies within the U.S.,” Rasoulof himself commented:

He went on: “With their choice of titles they display that cinema will be entertaining and thought-provoking on the identical time, confronting the viewers with questions of selection and morality.”

Lidell added, “About midway by way of watching ‘There’s No Evil,’ I knew it was destined to win Berlin’s Golden Bear. Instructed with nice perception and compassion, this story of private soul-searching is each uniquely Iranian and beautifully common.  We consider it’ll resonate deeply with People throughout these extraordinary instances.”

“We’re actually glad that ‘There’s No Evil’ has been so well-received since its premiere on the Berlinale,” Razafindranaly added. “Right now it’s with the identical degree of happiness that we workforce up once more with Richard, Wendy and the entire workforce at Kino Lorber with a purpose to deliver this yr’s Golden Bear to American audiences very quickly.”

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