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Holy Spider

OT: Holy Spider

Ali Abbasi // Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022



A series of murderous attacks on prostitutes is keeping the holy city of Maschhad in North-Eastern Iran in suspense: The thriller is based on true events and caused an outcry in Iran. The murderer, who believes he is doing God’s work, is dubbed the »spider killer«. Journalist Rahimi is sent by her newspaper to investigate – and as a woman in a world dominated by men faces one obstacle after another. She persists, however, and, while the authorities do nothing, she gets ever closer to the murderer. Only to then ascertain that many people in the city see him as a hero who is freeing the city from filth.



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ALI ABBASI (*1981 in Tehran) left Iran in 2002 and studied film in Denmark. His second film Border (2018) won the main prize at Cannes in the section »Un Certain Regard« and was the Swedish candidate for the 2019 Oscars. For her role in Holy Spider, Zar Amir Ebrahimi was named Best Actress at Cannes.



Holy Spider

Fiction Feature



Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France


115 min

OV with German subtitles

Ali Abbasi

Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami

Mehdi Bajestani, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Alice Rahimi, Sara Fazilat, Sina Parvaneh

Sol Bondy, Jacob Jarek

Nadim Carlsen

Rasmus Winther Jensen

Hayedeh Safiyari, Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Martin Dirkov

Lina Nordqvist

Hanadi Khurma

Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Alamode Filmdistribution oHG

Wild Bunch

Profile Pictures; One Two Films

Nordisk Film Production; Wild Bunch International; Film i Väst; Why Not Productions, ZDF/ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma

Alamode Filmdistribution oHG, Lisa Meier: meier@alamodefilm.de


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