Only the Devil Lives Without Hope

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

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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.

Only the Devil Lives Without Hope is screening across the Nordic countries in November and December 2020 via the Doc Lounge distribution network.  

SELECTED FESTIVAL LIST

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

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CREDITS

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
FILM I SKÅNE: Lisa Nyed
EO: Margit Balogh

WITH SUPPORT FROM
SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE: Film Commissioner Klara Grunning
NORWEGIAN FILM INSTITUTE: Film Commissioner Helle Hansen
MIDTNORSK FILMSENTER: Film Commissioner KriStine Ann Skaret
FRITT ORD
NORDISK FILM & TV FOND: Documentary Advisor Karolina Lidin
NORDVISION
CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA
MALMÖ STAD

IN ASSOCIATION WITH
NRK, Yle, DR, VRT & CurrentTimeTV

Documentary. 95 minutes. Sweden, Norway. 2020.