Director: Ali Abbasi Run Time: 118 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022 Language: Persian (Farsi)
Starring: Arash Ashtiani, Mehdi Bajestani, Zar Amir Ebrahimi
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Exhibiting a close connection with David Fincher’s Zodiac, this brutal and challenging based-in-fact film is about the hunt for a serial killer of women in the male-dominated society of contemporary Iran. Rahimi, a female journalist (the remarkable Amir-Ebrahimi) arrives in the holy city of Mashhad to report on and hunt down a murderer of sex workers. In potential danger not only from the killer himself but also from those meant to help her, Rahimi becomes fixated on finding justice for the women that her society despises.
In Persian with English subtitles
“Tight, taut and not one beat out of place, Holy Spider captivates from start to finish; it gets its claws in and refuses to let go.” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ