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Holy Spider
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Release poster
Directed byAli Abbasi
Written by
  • Ali Abbasi
  • Afshin Kamran Bahrami
Produced by
  • Sol Bondy
  • Jacob Jarek
  • Ali Abbasi
Starring
CinematographyNadim Carlsen
Edited by
Music byMartin Dirkov
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 22 May 2022 (2022-05-22) (Cannes)
  • 13 July 2022 (2022-07-13) (France)
  • 13 October 2022 (2022-10-13) (Denmark)
  • 12 January 2023 (2023-01-12) (Germany)
Running time
117 minutes
Countries
LanguagePersian
Box office$1.4 million[3][4]

Holy Spider (Persian: عنکبوت مقدس, romanizedAnkabut-e moqaddas) is a 2022 Persian-language crime thriller film directed by Ali Abbasi, starring Mehdi Bajestani and Zar Amir Ebrahimi. Based on the true story of Saeed Hanaei, a serial killer who targeted sex workers and killed 16 women from 2000 to 2001 in Mashhad, Iran, the film depicts a fictional female journalist investigating a serial killer.

It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered on 22 May 2022.[5] Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the festival's Best Actress Award. The film was selected as the Danish entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards,[6][2] and made the December shortlist.[7]

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Persian language

Persian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is a Western Iranian language belonging to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian subdivision of the Indo-European languages. Persian is a pluricentric language predominantly spoken and used officially within Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan in three mutually intelligible standard varieties, namely Iranian Persian, Dari Persian and Tajiki Persian. It is also spoken natively in the Tajik variety by a significant population within Uzbekistan, as well as within other regions with a Persianate history in the cultural sphere of Greater Iran. It is written officially within Iran and Afghanistan in the Persian alphabet, a derivation of the Arabic script, and within Tajikistan in the Tajik alphabet, a derivation of the Cyrillic script.

Romanization of Persian

Romanization of Persian

Romanization of Persian or Latinization of Persian is the representation of the Persian language with the Latin script. Several different romanization schemes exist, each with its own set of rules driven by its own set of ideological goals.

Ali Abbasi (director)

Ali Abbasi (director)

Ali Abbasi is an Iranian filmmaker. He is best known for his films Shelley (2016), Border (2018), and Holy Spider (2022). Abbasi also directed the last two episodes of the 2023 series The Last of Us. Abbasi has received various accolades, including an Un Certain Regard award and a Robert Award, in addition to nominations for seven European Film Awards, a Goya Award, and two Guldbagge Awards.

Mehdi Bajestani

Mehdi Bajestani

Mehdi Bajestani is an Iranian actor. He is best known for his performance as Saeed Hanaee in the crime thriller Holy Spider (2022).

Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Zahra Amir Ebrahimi known professionally as Zar Amir Ebrahimi, is an Iranian-French actress, producer and director. She is best known for her performance as journalist Arezoo Rahimi in the crime thriller Holy Spider (2022), for which she won the Best Actress award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. She is also a producer and host for the BBC and oversees a cultural program for the Persian branch of BBC World.

Saeed Hanaei

Saeed Hanaei

Saeed Hanaei or Said Hanai was an Iranian serial killer.

Mashhad

Mashhad

Mashhad, also spelled Mashad, is the second-most-populous city in Iran, located in the relatively remote north-east of the country about 900 kilometres from Tehran. It serves as the capital of Razavi Khorasan Province and has a population of 3,001,184, which includes the areas of Mashhad Taman and Torqabeh.

Palme d'Or

Palme d'Or

The Palme d'Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It was introduced in 1955 by the festival's organizing committee. Previously, from 1939 to 1954, the festival's highest prize was the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. In 1964, The Palme d'Or was replaced again by the Grand Prix, before being reintroduced in 1975.

2022 Cannes Film Festival

2022 Cannes Film Festival

The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival is a film festival that took place from 17 to 28 May 2022. The festival featured a tribute to actor Tom Cruise, whose film Top Gun: Maverick premiered at the festival and where the actor was awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or award on short notice. The official poster for the festival was designed as a homage to The Truman Show (1998).

Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

The Best Actress Award is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance and chosen by the jury from the films in official competition slate at the festival.

Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

The Academy Award for Best International Feature Film is one of the Academy Awards handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

95th Academy Awards

95th Academy Awards

The 95th Academy Awards will be presented on March 12, 2023, in a ceremony held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards will honor films released in 2022.

Plot

The film is entirely set in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad. Journalist Arezoo Rahimi (Ebrahimi) arrives in the city from Tehran to investigate a series of murders of local sex workers. The killings follow a pattern, with women picked up from area roundabouts by a man on a motorcycle, taken elsewhere, and strangled with their own headscarves. They are then dumped in local rubbish areas. The serial killer, Saeed Hanaei, is introduced from the outset. The film's opening tracks the last evening of one of his victims. Addicted to opium, she solicits a series of clients before concluding with Hanaei. They journey to a decrepit apartment complex but she senses trouble and attempts to flee before entering his apartment. Hanaei strangles her in the stairwell and then flees with her body on his motorcycle.

Rahimi is depicted as self-directed, sharp in her analysis of evidence, and genuinely concerned about the fate of the murder victims. She arrives in the city alone and must navigate various restrictions placed on women in the holy city. She forms an investigative relationship with a male journalist, Sharifi (Arash Ashtiani), who offers support, but for the most part her dealings with local police are filled with dismissiveness and stonewalling. Sharifi has been in contact with the killer, having been chosen by Hanaei as a kind of publicist. Sharifi's recordings and recollections offer Rahimi insight into the motive for murder: Hanaei is mercurial, by turns friendly and then explosive, excoriating the sex workers as corrupt and filthy. He claims to be cleansing the city in the name of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam; he is shown in tears at the Imam's shrine.

Cultural misogyny pervades Rahimi's interactions with men during her investigation. A uniformed detective, Rostami (Sina Parvaneh), at first seems affable before making an unwanted pass and then ridiculing Rahimi's character when rebuffed. A powerful local cleric (Nima Akbarpour) similarly suggests that a loose reputation precedes her. Rahimi makes clear to Sharifi that these insinuations are themselves the product of an unwanted advance—a journalistic supervisor in Tehran demanded after-work contact with Rahimi to further her career. Her position as an outsider informs Rahimi's emotionally difficult interactions with victims' families and, in one case, a preliminary conversation with a sex worker on the night of her murder.

Hanaei's personal life is portrayed in some detail. He has three children, a caring wife, and a network of fellow military veterans from the Iran-Iraq War. Emotional pain from his service is evident and he feels a failure for not having achieved martyrdom. Hanaei's devotion to his family is contrasted with the brutality of his murders. One killing takes place in his home and is almost interrupted by his wife's arrival. Hanaei manages to hastily hide the body in a rug. In the scene's most jarring sequence, Hannaei has sex with his wife while spying the foot of his dead victim. Hannaei's adolescent son Ali idolizes him—despite the violence that occasionally reaches the surface in their interactions—and intergenerational imprinting is a key theme of the work.

Eventually, Rahimi and Sharifi are confident enough in the schedule, location, and patterns of the killer to initiate a dangerous trap. Rahimi, dressed as a sex worker open to solicitation, boards Hanaei's motorcycle. Sharifi follows by car but loses them in the city's backstreets. Rahimi, armed with a pocket knife and a tape recorder, plans to elicit a confession from the murderer and flee but is easily found out. After a struggle, she manages to escape and make her way to the police with evidence; Hanaei is picked up at his home in the following days.

As the case goes to trial, it becomes clear that a large portion of the public support Hanaei's brutal crusade against street sex work, and there is pressure to have him go free. Offered the opportunity to claim madness, Hanaei doubles down on his religious motivations, claiming only to be mad for the eighth Imam and for God. The perpetrator being obviously lucid, the court has no choice but to find him guilty and he is sentenced to death. Supporters from the prosecution and his veteran's association visit Hanaei in prison, assuring him he will be spirited away in a car on the day of execution. When the time arrives it is clear this was a ruse to keep him quiet and he is hanged, raging and struggling when dragged to the scaffold.

The film ends with a kind moment of goodbye between Rahimi and Sharifi before she boards a bus home. While traveling she reviews video evidence gathered during the case, pausing over an interview with the killer's son, Ali: he proudly describes how his father overpowered and choked his victims, play-acting a killing with his younger sister.

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Mashhad

Mashhad

Mashhad, also spelled Mashad, is the second-most-populous city in Iran, located in the relatively remote north-east of the country about 900 kilometres from Tehran. It serves as the capital of Razavi Khorasan Province and has a population of 3,001,184, which includes the areas of Mashhad Taman and Torqabeh.

Tehran

Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in Tehran Province. With a population of around 9 million in the city and around 16 million in the larger metropolitan area of Greater Tehran, Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East, after Cairo. It is ranked 24th in the world by metropolitan area population.

Sex worker

Sex worker

A sex worker is a person who provides sex work, either on a regular or occasional basis. The term is used in reference to those who work in all areas of the sex industry.

Ali al-Rida

Ali al-Rida

Ali ibn Musa al-Rida, also known as Abū al-Ḥasan al-Thānī, was a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and the eighth imam in Twelver Shia Islam, succeeding his father, Musa al-Kazim. He is also part of the chain of mystical authority in Sunni Sufi orders. He was known for his piety and learning, and a number of works are attributed to him, including Al-Risala al-Dhahabia, Sahifa al-Rida, and Fiqh al-Rida. Uyun al-Akhbar al-Rida by Ibn Babawayh is a comprehensive collection that includes his religious debates and sayings, biographical details, and even the miracles which have occurred at his tomb.

Imamate in Shia doctrine

Imamate in Shia doctrine

In Shia Islam, the Imamah is a doctrine which asserts that certain individuals from the lineage of the Islamic prophet Muhammad are to be accepted as leaders and guides of the ummah after the death of Muhammad. Imamah further says that Imams possess divine knowledge and authority (Ismah) as well as being part of the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of Muhammad. These Imams have the role of providing commentary and interpretation of the Quran as well as guidance.

Cast

Production

Abbasi was a student in Tehran when the 2000–01 murders took place and was baffled by the conservative response that heralded Hanaei as a hero, and by how long it took for police to capture him.[8] Abbasi began writing versions of the film shortly after seeing Hanaei interviewed in Maziar Bahari's 2002 documentary And Along Came a Spider [fa].[9] Abbasi said, "In a really strange way, I felt sympathy for the guy, really against my own will. I think there was a psychotic element to the pleasure-seeking aspect of his murders, the twisted sexuality and whatnot, but there was also this strange innocence about him. It was more about how a society creates a serial killer."[8] Initial drafts followed the events more faithfully, but Abbasi eventually deviated from them and invented the character of a female journalist, as he felt the film should focus not only on the killer but on misogyny.[9][8] Additionally, he found it difficult to research the events due to the passage of time and inaccessibilty of certain documents as well as Hanaei's family, motivating him to shift to a narrative with more fictional elements.[10] Abbasi said:

My intention was not to make a serial killer movie. I wanted to make a movie about a serial killer society. It is about the deep-rooted misogyny within Iranian society, which is not specifically religious or political but cultural. ... Instead of making another movie about different ways a man can kill and mutilate women, we want to underline the complexity of the issue and the stakes on different sides, especially on behalf of the victims.[9]

The character Rahimi was based on a female journalist who was featured in Maziar Bahari's documentary discussing the case on camera and interviewing Hanaei. Although she was from Mashhad, she didn't investigate the crimes, but she covered the trials and wrote a piece on Hanaei's execution that inspired Abbasi.[9] She wrote that his last words were "this was not our deal," suggesting there was some kind of deal with the authorities.[9]

The film is a co-production between Germany's One Two Films, Denmark's Profile Pictures, Sweden's Nordisk Film Production, and France's Why Not Productions, and Wild Bunch International.[11] The production is 41.36% German, 31.05% Danish, 15.3% French, and 12.29% Swedish.[1]

The development of the film officially started in 2016, which was then boosted by the success of Abbasi's 2018 Border.[12] The filmmakers initially tried to shoot in Iran,[9] but this was abandoned by 2019.[12] A plan was made to shoot in Jordan in early 2020, which had to be pushed back several times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in late 2020, they decided to move the production to Turkey, where COVID restrictions were looser, but they were stalled by Turkish authorities.[12] Abbasi has said this was because the Iranian government interfered.[9] The production then went back to Jordan, where filming finally commenced in May 2021 and lasted 35 days.[12]

Abbasi said Bajestani was taking an enormous risk by playing the killer.[9][8] Amir Ebrahimi was initially involved in the film only as a casting director, but was cast as the journalist after an actor dropped out of the role.[9][8]

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Maziar Bahari

Maziar Bahari

Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government from June 21, 2009 to October 17, 2009, and has written a family memoir, Then They Came for Me, a New York Times best seller. His memoir is the basis for Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. Bahari later founded the IranWire citizen journalism news site, the freedom of expression campaign Journalism Is Not A Crime and the education and public art organization Paint the Change.

Why Not Productions

Why Not Productions

Why Not Productions is a public French film production company founded by producers Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat in 1990. Its main focus is French auteur cinema, but it also co-produces films from other countries. Some of the filmmakers associated with the company are Arnaud Desplechin, Jacques Audiard, Xavier Beauvois and Ken Loach. As of 2011, the films had an average budget of five to six million euros.

Wild Bunch (company)

Wild Bunch (company)

Wild Bunch AG is a pan-European film distribution and international sales company, originally created in 1979 as Senator Film Verleih GmbH, which later became Senator Entertainment AG. The name Wild Bunch comes from the French company Wild Bunch S.A., created in 2002, which became a subsidiary of Senator Entertainment in February 2015. Senator Entertainment AG renamed itself Wild Bunch AG in July 2015. Wild Bunch has distributed and sold films such as Land of the Dead (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Che (2008), Whatever Works (2009), The King's Speech (2010), The Artist (2011), Titane and Where Is Anne Frank (2021).

Border (2018 Swedish film)

Border (2018 Swedish film)

Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi with a screenplay by Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist based on the short story of the same name by Ajvide Lindqvist from his anthology Let the Old Dreams Die. It won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards but was not nominated. However, it was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 1 February 2023, the pandemic had caused more than 670 million cases and 6.83 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Release

The film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on 22 May 2022, where it received a seven-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening.[13][14] It was released theatrically in France by Metropolitan Filmexport on 13 July 2022,[1] in Denmark by Camera Film on 13 October 2022,[1] and in Germany by Alamode Film on 12 January 2023.[1]

In May 2022, Utopia acquired North American rights to the film and released it to select theaters on 28 October 2022,[15][16] expanding to nationwide US theaters on 13 January 2023.[17] Mubi acquired the film for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America, and Malaysia.[18][19]

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2022 Cannes Film Festival

2022 Cannes Film Festival

The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival is a film festival that took place from 17 to 28 May 2022. The festival featured a tribute to actor Tom Cruise, whose film Top Gun: Maverick premiered at the festival and where the actor was awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or award on short notice. The official poster for the festival was designed as a homage to The Truman Show (1998).

Metropolitan Filmexport

Metropolitan Filmexport

Metropolitan Filmexport is a French film distribution company founded by brothers Samuel and Victor Hadida, along with their father David, in 1978. It distributes films in France, alongside Entertainment One in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain and the Benelux countries and FilmNation Entertainment worldwide.

Utopia (distributor)

Utopia (distributor)

Utopia is an American film production, distribution and sales agency founded in 2018, by Robert Schwartzman and Cole Harper. The company is best known for releasing films Mickey and the Bear (2019), Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020), Shiva Baby (2021), Vortex (2021), We're All Going to the World's Fair (2022), and Sharp Stick (2022).

Mubi (streaming service)

Mubi (streaming service)

Mubi is a global curated film streaming platform, production company and film distributor. Mubi produces and theatrically distributes films by emerging and established filmmakers, which are exclusively available on its platform. Additionally, it publishes Notebook, a film criticism and news publication, and provides weekly cinema tickets to selected new-release films through Mubi Go.

Reception

Zar Amir Ebrahimi's performance garnered widespread critical acclaim and winning her Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
Zar Amir Ebrahimi's performance garnered widespread critical acclaim and winning her Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of 104 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's consensus reads, "Holy Spider foregoes subtlety in favor of a viscerally outraged dramatization inspired by appalling actual events."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 68 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Iranian government

On 29 May 2022, the Cinema Organization of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a statement condemning the Cannes festival for awarding the film the Best Actress award, calling it "an insulting and politically-motivated move". The statement compared the film to The Satanic Verses and said it "has insulted the beliefs of millions of Muslims and the huge Shiite population of the world".[22][23]

On 1 June 2022, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili said Iran "formally protested to the French government through the foreign ministry".[24] He also said, "If persons from inside Iran are involved with the film Holy Spider, they will surely receive punishment from the Cinema Organization of Iran."[25]

Amir Ebrahimi told CNN on 3 June 2022 that she had received around 200 threats since winning the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. "The problem is that they didn't even watch this movie, and they are judging this movie, just from a trailer," she said, attributing the reaction to the lack of freedom of expression in Iran.[26]

Accusations of plagiarism

Ebrahim Irajzad, the director of Killer Spider, a 2020 Iranian film based on the same subject, accused Abbasi of plagiarism and circumventing Iranian censorship in order to make the film sooner, claiming he could have shot it in Iran had he been prepared to wait for government approval like Irajzad had to.[27][28]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Cannes Film Festival 28 May 2022 Palme d'Or Ali Abbasi Nominated [29]
Best Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi Won
Jerusalem Film Festival 31 July 2022 Best International Film Holy Spider Nominated [30]
Miskolc International Film Festival 17 September 2022 Emeric Pressburger Prize Nominated [31]
Fantastic Fest 27 September 2022 Best Director Ali Abbasi Won [32]
Montclair Film Festival 30 October 2022 Fiction Feature Holy Spider Nominated [33]
Seville European Film Festival 12 November 2022 Golden Giraldillo Nominated [34]
Best Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi Won
European Film Awards 10 December 2022 Best Film Holy Spider Nominated [35]
Best Director Ali Abbasi Nominated
Best Screenwriter Ali Abbasi and Afshin Kamran Bahrami Nominated
Best Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association 10 January 2023 Best International Film Holy Spider Nominated [36]
Satellite Awards 11 February 2023 Best Motion Picture – International Pending [37]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle 13 February 2023 Best Foreign Language Film Pending [38]

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Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

The Best Actress Award is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance and chosen by the jury from the films in official competition slate at the festival.

Metacritic

Metacritic

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of films, television shows, music albums, video games, and formerly books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999, and is owned by Fandom, Inc. as of 2023.

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is the Ministry of Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is responsible for managing access to media that in the view of the Iranian government or the ministry, violates Iranian ethics or promotes values alien to Iranian culture. This may include internet censorship. It also manages the alignment of religion and the law of the country. It was formed by combining the Ministry of Culture and Art, and the Ministry of Information and Tourism. The merging of Ministries reduces the number of employment positions as the number of employable ministries also lessens.

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili born in 1975, Hamedan, is the Minister of Culture of Iran.

CNN

CNN

CNN is a multinational cable news channel headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel, and presently owned by the Manhattan-based media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage and the first all-news television channel in the United States.

Killer Spider

Killer Spider

Killer Spider is a 2020 Iranian drama film directed by Ebrahim Irajzad and written by Oktay Baraheni based on the true story of Saeed Hanaei. The film screened for the first time at the 25th Busan International Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival, until 2003 called the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The festival was formally accredited by the FIAPF in 1951.

2022 Cannes Film Festival

2022 Cannes Film Festival

The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival is a film festival that took place from 17 to 28 May 2022. The festival featured a tribute to actor Tom Cruise, whose film Top Gun: Maverick premiered at the festival and where the actor was awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or award on short notice. The official poster for the festival was designed as a homage to The Truman Show (1998).

Ali Abbasi (director)

Ali Abbasi (director)

Ali Abbasi is an Iranian filmmaker. He is best known for his films Shelley (2016), Border (2018), and Holy Spider (2022). Abbasi also directed the last two episodes of the 2023 series The Last of Us. Abbasi has received various accolades, including an Un Certain Regard award and a Robert Award, in addition to nominations for seven European Film Awards, a Goya Award, and two Guldbagge Awards.

Jerusalem Film Festival

Jerusalem Film Festival

The Jerusalem Film Festival is an international film festival held annually in Jerusalem, It was established in 1984 by the Director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Israeli Film Archive, Lia Van Leer, and has since become the main Israeli event for filmmakers and enthusiasts. Over the course of ten days every summer, over 200 films from 60 countries are screened at the Festival, along with a variety of special events, panels, and meetings with prominent local and international filmmakers, as well as professional industry workshops and events.

Miskolc International Film Festival

Miskolc International Film Festival

The CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in the town of Miskolc, in Hungary. It was founded under the name of Festival of Young Filmmakers in 2004 with a focus on filmmakers under the age of 35. The festival now presents feature films, shorts, documentaries, and animated films. All programs, screenings, conferences, and exhibitions are free to attend.

Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is an annual film festival in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 2005 by Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, and Tim McCanlies, writer of The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions.

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