CANNES FESTIVAL: Twenty years after the serial killings in Mashhad, Iran, “HOLY SPIDER”

Film is competing for the Palme D'Or
Zahra Amirebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani and Arash Ashtiani
Directed by Ali Abbasi

CANNES, France -- Lately, it seems there’s been a change in attitude among some directors in the new generation of Persian filmmakers: through their films they’re more willing to show more, more of the dark underbelly of the beast. In films like “Tehran Taboo,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “Just 6.5,” themes and motifs, two shades darker than before, are explored: Iranian society has ... more >