Holy Spider is an unconventional thriller based on the true story of the Iranian serial killer “the spider killer. Award-winning director Ali Abbasi (Gräns) convincingly manages to combine suspenseful drama with insight into Iranian society and the position of women.
Journalist Rahimi (Zar Amir Ebrahimi) arrives in Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city. Here she goes to investigate a series of murders of prostitutes, considered sinful. She soon discovers that, as a woman, she must know her place. As the killer creates new victims, Rahimi takes ever greater risks to still find out the identity of the “spider killer. Religious beliefs, lack of empowerment and a violent past can create a monster. Rahimi is the only one who sees the truth. Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi makes the journalist a hero of our time and was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.