Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s urgent anthology examines life under despotic rule, and how it can shift our concepts of morality and humanity.
“Radiates with a narrative urgency.” –Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Every society that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. In four thematically connected episodes, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof tells the stories of four men — a family man, a young recruit, a soldier, and a beekeeper — who are each faced with an unthinkable choice. Whatever each man’s decision is, it will directly or indirectly corrode them, their relationships, and their entire lives. Winner of the Golden Bear at 2020’s Berlinale, the latest feature from Rasoulof — who has faced prosecution in Iran for his filmmaking, including jail sentences and bans from leaving the country — examines life under despotic rule, and how it can shift our concepts of morality and humanity.