Estonian premiere

Holy Spider

Local title
Püha ämblik
Title in Russian
Убийца "Святой паук"
Director
Ali Abbasi
Country
Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France
Year
2022
Programme
Best of Fest
Genre
psychological drama, thriller
Subject
Society, violence, revenge

The internationally acclaimed director of "Border" returns with a provocative, pitch black thriller.

Mashhad, Iran, a holy city home to the Imam Reza shrine, served, in 2001, as hunting ground for a serial killer known as The Spider. This man, eventually identified as Saeed Hanaei, believed he was acting in the service of God and his city by “cleansing” the streets of sex workers, 16 of whom he brutally murdered.

Directed by Ali Abbasi, actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the prestigious Best Actress award at Cannes for her leading role as Rahimi, a journalist returning to her hometown to help bring the killer to justice.

DDA Spotlight Award laureate.

Director
Ali Abbasi
Screenwriter
Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
Cast
Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad
Producer
Sol Bondy, Jacob Jarek
DoP
Nadim Carlsen
Editor
Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Composer
Martin Dirkov
Production
Profile Pictures, ONE TWO Films
Distributor
A-One Film Estonia
World sales
Wild Bunch
Runtime
Language
Persian
Subtitles
Estonian, English, Russian
Other festivals
Cannes, London, Busan, Toronto

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2nd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening061104 / Püha ämblik
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
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2nd Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening150202 / Püha ämblik
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Q&A guestsSina Parvaneh, Sara Fazilat
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Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170102 / Püha ämblik
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
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3rd Hall Apollo Kino Lõunakeskus, Tartu
Screening172401 / Püha ämblik
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
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