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Holy Spider

By Ali Abbasi
Wednesday 14.12.22

Holy Spider is based on real events that took place in the early 2000s in Iran. The film has been selected as Denmark's Oscar candidate.

About the film

A journalist digs deep into the underworld of the holy Iranian city of Mashhad as she investigates the murders of several of sex workers. The murders are committed by the so-called Spider-Killer, who believes that he is cleansing the city of sinners.

About the filmmaker

This is the third feature film by Iranian-born filmmaker and screenwriter Ali Abbasi (b. 1981). His previous film Border was a huge success at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Holy Spider competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition at Cannes in 2022, where lead actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the award for Best Actor.

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