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Goodfellas - HOLY SPIDER

Ali Abbasi



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Ali Abbasi

Main cast: Mehdi Bajestani, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Alice Rahimi, Sara Fazilat, Sina Parvaneh, Mesbah Taleb, Firouz Agheli, Nima Akbarpour

Short synopsis : The internationally acclaimed director of Border returns with a provocative, pitch black thriller.

Long synopsis : In HOLY SPIDER, we follow family man Saeed as he embarks on his own religious quest — to “cleanse” the holy Iranian city of Mashhad of immoral and corrupt street prostitutes. After murdering several women, he grows ever more desperate about the lack of public interest in his divine mission.


  • Mehdi Bajestani, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Sina Parvaneh, Sara Fazilat, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Alice Rahimi, Mesbah Taleb, Firouz Agheli, Nima Akbarpour


  • Producer(s): Sol Bondy, Jacob Jarek
  • Director(s): Ali Abbasi
  • Screenplay: Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
  • DP: Nadim Carlsen, DFF
  • Editing: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
  • Original Music: Martin Dirkov
  • Set Design: Lina Nordqvist
  • Costume Designer: Hanadi Khurma
  • Sound Editor: Rasmus Winther Jensen
  • Co-producers:: Eva Åkergren, Calle Marthin, Peter Possne, Fred Burle, Vincent Maraval, Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah
  • Associate producers:: Holger Stern, Alexander Bohr, Barbara Häbe, Zar Amir Ebrahimi
  • Executive producers:: Ditte Milsted, Christoph Lange
  • With the support of the Creative Europe Programme: MEDIA Films on the move 2022, Sales Agent Support 2020
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

  • Production company: Profile Pictures, One Two Films
  • Language: Iranian languages
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • Festival de Cannes 2022 - Official Selection - In Competition
    Award(s) : Best Actress