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Director: Ali Abbasi

Cast: Mehdi Bajestani, Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Arash Ashtiani

Year: 2022

Duration: 116 mins

Certificate: 18

"★★★★★ – It’s profoundly compelling, expertly made, and quite intentionally horrifying" – Telegraph

★★★★ – Flickering Myth

★★★★ – Total Film

In the holy city of Mashhad, home to Iran’s largest mosque, a serial killer is on the loose.

With the killer claiming he is doing God’s work by ridding the city of vice, journalist Rahimi (Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, who won Best Actress as Cannes for her performance) travels from Tehran to investigate further, uncovering deep injustices beyond the crimes.

Based on a true story, this is a visceral look at Iran’s power structure in the guise of a pin sharp thriller.  

Persian with English subtitles