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Holy Spider
Best Actress
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.
At night, a serial killer in Mashhad is on the prowl, luring victims into his web. The dead are women, prostitutes. While the police ignore the crimes, Rahim, a journalist from Teheran, wanders the dark neighbourhoods of the holy city in search of the truth. Holy Spider is based on a true story, with the title of the film referring to the serial killer's nickname. In 2001, Saeed Hanaei killed sixteen prostitutes in the city of Mashhad, deeming them "impure". His trial created a lot of buzz in Iran, not only because of the horror of what happened, but also because some media and conservative elements made him out to be a hero.

Ali Abbasi

Ali Abbasi is a writer and director. He 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 premiered in Cannes, where it won the Prix Un Certain Regard. 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. He is currently shooting the TV adaptation of “The Last of Us” for HBO in Canada.


Watch Ali Abbasi's movie Border on Edisonline.

Directed by
Ali Abbasi
Written by
Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
Edited by
Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Hayedeh Safiyari
Nadim Carlsen
Sound by
Rasmus Winther Jensen
Music by
Martin Dirkov
Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani, Arash Ashtiani, Forouzan Jamshidnejad, Sina Parvaneh, Nima Akbarpour
Original title
Holy Spider
English title
Holy Spider
Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France
Running time
116 min
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Age rating
Release date
10. 11. 2022
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Brno • Kino Artx
České Budějovice • Kino Kotvax
Cheb • Kino Artx
Dolní Bousov • V břiše velrybyx
Havířov • Kino Centrumx
Hodonín • Kino Světx
Jablonec nad Nisou • Kino Juniorx
Jihlava • Kino Duklax
Klatovy • Kino Šumavax
Kolín • Kino 99x
Libčice nad Vltavou • Kino Kotelnax
Litvínov • Středisko Citadelax
Lomnice nad Popelkou • Kino Lomnice nad Popelkoux
Malá Skála • Kino Androvnax
Olomouc • Kino Metropolx
Olomouc • Telegraphx
Ostrava • Filmový klub Provozx
Ostrava • Minikinox
Plzeň • Moving Stationx
Praha • Cinema City Slovanský důmx
Praha • Edison Filmhubx
Praha • Kino Atlasx
Praha • Kino Dlabačovx
Praha • Kino MATx
Praha • Kino Petrohradskáx
Praha • Kino v Divadle za Plotemx
Praha • Komorní kino Evaldx
Praha • Lucernax
Prostějov • Kino Metro 70x
Slaný • Kino Hvězdárnax
Třinec • Městské kino Kosmosx
Uherské Hradiště • Kino Hvězdax
Vrchlabí • Kino Kartonka 1904x
Zlín • Golden Apple Cinemax
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Media reception

Screen International
"Audiences of tough crime drama will find themselves ensnared.”
Daily Telegraph
"It’s profoundly compelling, expertly made, and quite intentionally horrifying."
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