Holy Spider

Holy Spider | Ali Abbasi | DK/DE/SE/FR 2022 | 117 Min | DCP

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The Iranian city of Mashhad in the early 2000s: A serial killer has murdered several prostitutes, so the young journalist Rahimi (Best Actress in Cannes: Zar Amir Ebrahimi) tries to find out more about the case. She suspects that the sluggish, ongoing investigations are hampered by the religious and political elite. Ali Abbasi’s devastating thriller is based on the real case of Saeed Hanaei, who was executed in 2002 for strangling sixteen women with a hijab between 2000 and 2001. The film is a furious indictment of the misogyny that’s so deeply rooted in Iranian society.

Ali Abbasi
was born in Iran in 1981. He studied architecture in Stockholm and directing at the National Film School of Denmark. Shelley, his feature debut, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. His 2018 fantasy drama Border (SLASH 2018) won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes and was the Swedish entry for the Academy Awards. Cannes was also the venue for the world premiere of Holy Spider. Ali is currently working on the TV adaptation of The Last of Us for HBO.
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Language OmeU
Cast Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani
Writer Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
Editing Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Cinematography Nadim Carlsen