First show: October 28


In the deliriously frightening supernatural thriller Under the Shadow, the UK’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the war-torn, post-revolution Tehran of the 1980s, while a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

 “A creepy, horrific delight.  A must-see not only for horror fans, but for movie fans, period.” – Dan Casey, Nerdist

Tehran, 1988 – eight years into the devastating Iran-Iraq conflict.   Amidst the ever-present threat of sudden destruction, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is desperately trying to keep her family sane, a difficult task which becomes nearly impossible when her husband is conscripted into battle and sent directly onto the front lines.   Alone with her daughter Dorsa, Sideh’s strength is challenged even further when a missile crashes through the ceiling  of their apartment, killing a neighbor, yet miraculously failing to detonate.   It soon becomes clear that the projectile’s arrival has brought something else with it.  A terrifying djinn may be stalking Sideh’s building, its possession-hungry sights set firmly on her terrified daughter.  More neighbors flee every day, leaving Sideh and Dorsa increasingly on their own, trapped inside their apartment as their world spirals deeper and deeper into absolute horror.   Both a gripping sociopolitical commentary and a nerve-wracking descent into hell, Under the Shadow is a bold new leap in Persian-language cinema that repurposes the conventions of traditional genre cinema into a potent new form, one that it as smart as it is scary.

Directed by Babak Anvari, 2016, UK/Jordan/Qatar, in Farsi with subtitles, 84 mins., HD Digital.


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