HOLY SPIDER (عنكبوت مقدس)

Bay Area Premiere


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Denmark 2022, 106 min, Director: Ali Abbasi

Filmmaker Ali Abbasi follows up his acclaimed 2018 fantasy romantic drama Border (MVFF41) with a tense and unapologetically feminist procedural based on actual events. Zar Amir Ebrahimi won Best Actress at Cannes for her portrayal of Rahimi, an Iranian journalist on the case of a serial killer who, in striking down sex workers, insists he is doing God’s work. Inspired by real-life murderer Saeed Hanaei, who slew 16 women in 2000 and 2001, Holy Spider evokes Zodiac and other engrossing crime thrillers, in which the search for a perpetrator doubles as a commentary on societal ills. Abbasi crafts a seemingly straightforward detective story, gripping and unsettling in equal measure, before unveiling a dark surprise in its second half, building and heating the drama nearly to a boiling point. Ebrahimi plays Rahimi with ferocious determination in her portrayal of a crusader determined to bring a bad man to justice. —Tim Grierson

In Iranian languages with English subtitles

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Showtimes

In-Person


4:00 PM — Rafael 1

Director

Ali Abbasi grew up in Iran before emigrating to Sweden in 2002. His first feature was a horror film, SHELLEY (2016), followed by a crime drama, BORDER (MVFF41), winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

106

Languages:

Iranian languages

Director:

Ali Abbasi

Producers:

Sol Bondy, Fred Burle, Jacob Jarek, Eva Åkergren

Cinematographers:

Nadim Carlsen

Editors:

Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Hayedeh Safiyari

Writers:

Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami

Cast:

Zar Amir Ebrahimi

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Subtitles:

English

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