Holy Spider

116 minutes | 2022 | Iran | Narrative |
Persian | sub. English | 17+

Poster Holy Spider


XXI 1 | SUN 27 NOV | 17:15

XXI 2 | MON 28 NOV | 19:30


A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners.


Ali Abbasi


Director’s Filmography

Border (2018)

Shelley (2016)


Production Company

Profile Pictures,

One Two Films




Cannes Film Festival 2022

Best Actress

Toronto International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Telluride Film Festival 2022

Official selection

BFI London Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Busan International Film Festival 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Ali Abbasi

Ali Abbasi

Ali Abbasi was born 1981 in Iran and left his studies in Tehran to move to Stockholm, where he graduated with a BA in architecture. He then studied directing at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating with his short film “M for Markus'' in 2011. His feature debut, “Shelley'' premiered at the Berlinale in 2016 and was released in the US. He is best known for his 2018 film “Border'', which won the Prix Un Certain Regard in Cannes. The film was chosen as Sweden’s Academy Award® Entry, was widely released internationally, won the Danish Film Award and was nominated for three European Film Awards including Best Director, Best Screenwriter & Best Film.

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