Holy Spider

Holy Spider

2DCS12
Director:Ali Abbasi
Cast:Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad
Premiere:6. October 2022
Length:116 minutes
Genre:Drama, Crime

Director: Ali Abbasi  •  Cast: Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Sina Parvaneh, Nima Akbarpour

A serial killer is on the rampage in Mashhad at night, luring victims into his net. He kills women, prostitutes. While the police ignore the crimes, Rahim, a journalist from Tehran, wanders the dark quarters of the holy city in search of the truth. Holy Spider is based on a true story, and the title refers to the serial killer's nickname. In 2001, Saeed Hanaei killed sixteen prostitutes in the city of Mashhad because he considered them "impure". His trial caused a great stir in Iran, not only because of the horror of what happened, but also because some media and conservative groups made him a hero.

After screening Q&A Ryan Keating-Lambert + Mehdi Bajestani

Length: 116 min

Year: 2022
Local premiere date: 6. October 2022

Country of origin:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Sweden

Director: Ali Abbasi  •  Cast: Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Sina Parvaneh, Nima Akbarpour

A serial killer is on the rampage in Mashhad at night, luring victims into his net. He kills women, prostitutes. While the police ignore the crimes, Rahim, a journalist from Tehran, wanders the dark quarters of the holy city in search of the truth. Holy Spider is based on a true story, and the title refers to the serial killer's nickname. In 2001, Saeed Hanaei killed sixteen prostitutes in the city of Mashhad because he considered them "impure". His trial caused a great stir in Iran, not only because of the horror of what happened, but also because some media and conservative groups made him a hero.

After screening Q&A Ryan Keating-Lambert + Mehdi Bajestani

Year: 2022
Local premiere date: 6. October 2022

Country of origin:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Sweden