Every country that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people.In Iran, four men are put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives. The four stories are variations on the crucial themes of moral strength and the death penalty that ask to what extent individual freedom can be expressed under a despotic regime and its seemingly inescapable threats.
Winner of Golden Berlin Bear and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlin International Film Festival.
Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
Ehsan Mirhosseini, Shaghayegh Shourian, Kaveh Ahangar, Alireza Zareparast, Salar Khamseh, Darya Moghbeli
Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak
Cosmopol Film, Europe Media Nest, Filminiran
Born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1973. He graduated in sociology from the Shiraz University and studied editing at the Sooreh University in Tehran. From him, Mostra presented the features The Twilight (2003), Iron Island (2005) and Goodbye (2011), for which he received the prize of best director of Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. He also made Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) and A Man of Integrity (2017), best film at Un Certain Regard. In 2010, Rasoulof was arrested on set while working alongside Jafar Panahi and sentenced to a year in prison. Since 2017, he has been officially barred from leaving Iran.