In the holy city of Mashhad, journalist Rahimi investigates the murders of sex workers by the “Spider Killer”—a man who believes he is on a divine mission to cleanse the city 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.
Zar Amir Ebrahimi won Best Actress in Cannes for her performance as a fearless reporter in Ali Abbasi’s gripping serial-killer procedural. Based on a shocking true story, Holy Spider prowls the Iranian night, refusing to pull any punches in its trenchant critiques of misogyny and hypocrisy.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States