Holy Spider (Ali Abbasi, 2022, Germany & Denmark, Persian w/ English subtitles, DCP)
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. As she tries to bring him to justice, support for his actions grows as many hail him a hero on a religious quest.
“Profoundly compelling, expertly made, and quite intentionally horrifying… Abbasi could hardly be clearer about what he’s saying, and his stone-cold clincher of a coda chills you to the bone.” – Telegraph
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