Logotyp 2022 29 nov – 4 dec
Kulturhuset Väven

Invigning: Holy Spider

Ali Abbasi | 1 h 56 min | Denmark
Original title: Holy Spider
Director: Ali Abbasi
Year: 2022
Duration: 1 h 56 min
Country: Denmark
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English

This year we open the film festival with Ali Abbasi’s (Gräns, ​​2018) new film Holy Spider. A film that directs razor-sharp criticism against the misogynistic structures of Iranian society – a highly topical, hair-raising thriller.

In the holy Iranian city of Mashhad, a series of murders of prostituted women have taken place. Behind the murders is an ice-cold perpetrator – called the Spider Killer by the press – who operates with the belief that he is sent by God. When a female journalist goes there to investigate the cases, big questions arise as to why the authorities have not yet managed to intervene. And soon the killer’s deed is something that is also celebrated by more than himself…

Based on a true case, Holy Spider is executed with brilliant acting by the lead actors Zar Amir-Ebrahimi and Mehdi Bajestani and captivates the viewer from beginning to end. The film has been nominated for Denmark’s Oscar entry.