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Mr Rasoulof is banned from leaving Iran

A movie by an Iranian director about money punishment has gained the top rated prize at the Berlin Intercontinental Movie Competition.

Mohammad Rasoulof was banned from directing in 2017 and manufactured There Is No Evil, his sixth movie, in key.

He is unable to journey exterior Iran thanks to expenses relating to his previously films.

Mr Rasoulof’s daughter Baran, who also stars in the movie, been given the Golden Bear on his behalf.

Jury president Jeremy Irons mentioned that the movie, which tells 4 tales about the demise penalty, confirmed “the website an authoritarian routine weaves among the ordinary individuals, drawing them in the direction of inhumanity”.

The 2nd-position award at the pageant went to Under no circumstances Seldom Occasionally Normally, a movie about abortion in the US by director Eliza Hittman.

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Mr Rasoulof took section in a news meeting through a mobile cell phone held by his daughter Baran

Addressing a news meeting by video clip call, Mr Rasoulof stated that There Is No Evil was about “individuals having duty”.

“I wished to discuss about individuals who thrust duty away from by themselves and say that the choice is taken by bigger powers,” he mentioned. “But they can basically say no, and that’s their toughness.”

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“The tale of each and every section of the movie is based mostly on my possess knowledge,” Mr Rasoulof mentioned in a Skype interview with the Berlin pageant published the day right before the awards were being announced.

He went on to explain how a person of the film’s 4 episodes arrived about following he noticed a guy, who had interrogated him while he was in prison, coming out of a bank.

Following subsequent the guy for a while, “I realised how standard he was and how significantly he resembled all other individuals. I realised that there was no monster concerned, there was no evil in entrance of me, just a person who has not questioned his possess actions.”

According to intercontinental legal rights teams, hundreds of individuals are executed every single year in Iran.

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