Under The Shadow, by Babak Anvari
Here is the last title we had left to announce for the current edition. This time, we are unveiling a film that has become all the rage at the many festivals it has been. Under the Shadow is an Iranian film written and directed by Babak Amvari, who has already worked in a number of short films. This is his début in the world of feature films.
This co-production is coming out as a breath of fresh air in a genre that seems to be stagnating. First, J-Horror was at the top, now a new wave of teenage horror is rushing with the BlumHouse, but it is here, in the independent horror, where we find the real thing. Under the Shadow is a mixture of social criticism and ghost stories. However, its director can really match these two elements with one another in a film that will take the audience to the limits.
It’s one of the best ghost horror films of the year and it will test out the strength of the «La Peni» Theatre’s seats.
Moreover, we want to emphasize that Under the Sadow has been selected by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to represent the United Kingdom in the Oscar Award competition for the best foreign language film.
Arrow in the head – Stay awake, it is a blockbuster.
IndieWire – The first GOOD horror film of the year.
Cine Divergente – A REALLY scary film, at last.
Original title: Under the Shadow
Timing: 84 min.
Nationality: Iran, Qatar, Jordan, United Kingdom
Director: Babak Anvari
Screenplay: Babak Anvari
Music: Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray
Photography: Kit Fraser
Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Mashadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Bijan Daneshmad
Under the Shadow is set in Tehran, during the 80’s, in the middle of a tense post-revolutionary atmosphere. A mother and her daughter are alone at their apartment when the building is evacuated. When most people have left, little Dorsa will start seeing strange presences round the house; at first, the mother is not going to pay much attention because she thinks that the girl’s real problem is the tension in which they are living.