Only the Devil Lives Without Hope

She stood up against a brutal regime. They took her brother, but never broke her hope.

Watch the trailer and see the film online here:

film poster

Only the Devil Lives Without Hope is a real-life thriller about love, betrayal, spies, assassins and the unbreakable hope for a brother, locked in a desert prison called "The Place of No Return". Dilya became a human rights activist the day her brother Iskandar was thrown in prison, accused of being a terrorist. For years she challenged the dictatorship, and the consequences were brutal. She had to escape the country but realised that the regime who took her brother was closer than she could ever imagine.

Winner Best Feature Length Documentary, Nordic Docs, Norway
Winner Best Original Music, Guldbagge - Swedish National Film Award. 
Special Jury Mention in the Feature Documentary Category, SIMA AWARDS, 2022, Los Angeles, USA. 

September 2021: Selected for Main Competition, AJB DOC, Bosnia & Herzegovina
September 2021: Selected for Main Competition, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, Germany
July 2021: Chesnok - Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Moldova
May 2021: One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
April 2021: Camera Justitia Award competition, Movies that Matter, The Netherlands
December 2020: Opening Film, DocsValència, Spain
December 2020: Selected for Competition, WATCH DOCS IFF Human Rights in Film, Poland
November 2020: WINNER Best Feature Length Documentary, Nordic Docs, Norway
November 2020: Main Documentary Competition, Listapad - Minsk International FF, Belarus - POSTPONED
November 2020: Movies on War, Norway
November 2020: Trondheim Dokumentarfestival, Norway
October 2020: Bergen International Film Festival, Norway
October 2020: DOCSMX, Mexico
August 2020: Main Selection program, MakeDox, Macedonia
August, 2020: ASIAN PREMIERE - Festival Choice Global Competition, EIDF, Seoul, South Korea
April, 2020: NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Hot Docs, Toronto, Cananda
March, 2020: WORLD PREMIERE - F:Act Award Competition, CPH:DOX, Denmark

Only the Devil Lives Without Hope is sold to broadcasters world wide including SVT, Sweden; Yle, Finland; NRK, Norway; DR, Denmark; VRT, Belgium; EO, The Netherlands; ARTE, Germany & France; ERR, Estonia; NHK, Japan; EBS, Korea; CurrentTimeTV and Al Jazeera English.

Here we post info about broadcasting dates as they become available:
Thursday, February 11 at 20:00 the film will screen at SVT2 in Sweden and is broadcasting again on February 13 and 14 on the same channel. The film is shown with the Swedish title Endast djävulen lever utan hopp. Here it is available for at Swedish audience at SVT Play.

On Sunday, February 14 the Finnish broadcaster Yle will screen Only the Devil Lives Without Hope at 22:00 at the Yle Fem channel. Here it is available for a Finnish audience at Yle Areena.

Further broadcast dates will soon be announced. 

Only the Devil Lives Without Hope was screening across the Nordic countries in November and December 2020 via the Doc Lounge distribution network at in selected cinemas.
November 4: Doc Lounge, Helsinki - ticket info here.
November 9: Doc Lounge, Växjö - ticket info here
November 10: Doc Lounge, Malmö - ticket info here
November 11: Malmö Premiere in collaboration with Film i Skåne and City of Malmö - by invitation only
November 12: Cinema Panora, Malmö - ticket info here.
November 17: Doc Lounge, Lund. Director Magnus Gertten is present for a Q&A - ticket info here.
November 19: Röda Kvarn, Helsingborg. Director Magnus Gertten is present for a Q&A - ticket info here.
November 24: Doc Lounge, Kristianstad
November 26: Doc Lounge Århus - ticket info here
December 5: Doc Lounge, Helsingborg - ticket info here.
December 15: Doc Lounge, Oslo - ticket info here.
January 19, 2021: Amnesty International student group, Umeå University.

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Director: Magnus Gertten
Editor: Jesper Osmund
Produced by: Ove Rishøj Jensen, Auto Images 
Director of Photography: Caroline Troedsson
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
Sound design: Audun Kvitland Røstad, Jørgen Meyer
Colour grading: Rodrigo Gomez
Technical coordinator & Editing Assistant: Joakim Polling
Head of Research: Sebastian Claesson

AUTO IMAGES in co-production with

UPNORTH FILM: Christian Aune Falch, Torstein Parelius
SVT: Charlotte Gry Madsen
EO: Margit Balogh

SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE: Film Commissioner Klara Grunning
NORWEGIAN FILM INSTITUTE: Film Commissioner Helle Hansen
MIDTNORSK FILMSENTER: Film Commissioner KriStine Ann Skaret
NORDISK FILM & TV FOND: Documentary Advisor Karolina Lidin

NRK, Yle, DR, VRT & CurrentTimeTV

Documentary. 95 minutes. Sweden, Norway. 2020.