|Sun 6th November||7.45pm|
Dir: Babak Anvari | Iran / Jordan / Qatar / UK | 2016 | 84 mins | Persian w/English subtitles
Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi Iranian-born
Iranian-born British filmmaker Babak Anvari’s feature debut is this chilling psychological horror, laced with tension and a keen sense of social and feminist commentary. Set in 1988 against the backdrop of the Iran-Iraq war, it follows Shideh (Narges Rashidi), who’s trapped in her apartment building with her daughter when an air raid hits; and as they hide out together, the real world and the supernatural collide to terrifying effect. Mining the rich vein of terror from kindred (otherworldly) spirits The Babadook and A Girl Walks Home Alone, Anvari’s horror is a standout debut touching on evils both supernatural and real. 
“Babak Anvari’s terrifying debut […] the feminist horror film that scared Sundance silly” ****
Nigel M. Smith, Guardian
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