There Is No Evil: Iranian Rasoulof’s Drama Wins Golden Bear at 2020 Berlin Film Fest

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s There Is No Evil, a drama about the impact of capital punishment on society, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Fest.

The seven-person festival jury, headed by Jeremy Irons, spread the prizes wide, with no single filmmaker dominating the awards.

Rasoulof, who is unable to leave Iran due to a travel ban, faces a one-year prison sentence for “spreading propaganda.” The filmmaker released a statement on Friday expressing his sorrow at missing the premiere of “There Is No Evil”: “I am sorry that I will not be able to come to Berlin to watch the film alongside the audience; however, the right to choose between being present or absent at the festival is simply not mine. Imposing such restrictions very clearly exposes the intolerant and despotic nature of the Iranian government.”

American writer-director Eliza Hittman won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a drama about teen pregnancy.

The Silver Bear for best director went to South Korea’s Hong Sang Soo for his Seoul-set drama “The Woman Who Ran.”