In Competition

Holy Spider

Directed by: Ali Abbasi
Production Year: 2022    Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden    Length: 117 minutes


Female journalist Rahimi travels to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer targeting sex workers. As she draws closer to exposing his crimes, the opportunity for justice grows harder to attain when the murderer is embraced by many as a hero. Based on the true story of the ‘Spider Killer’ Saeed Hanaei, who saw himself as on a mission from God as he killed 16 women between 2000 and 2001.


Director: Ali Abbasi
Writer: Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
Producers: Samira Baradari
Cinematographer: Nadim Carlsen, DFF
Production Designer: Lina Nordqvist
Composer: Ramin Kousha
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari, Olivia Neergaard-Holm


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

In Competition – Feature Films

In Competition – Feature Films