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Release Date: October 7th, 2016

PG-13|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.

Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi, Behi Djanati Atai, Hamid Djavadan, Soussan Farrokhnia

Director: Babak Anvari

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Production Co: Wigwam Films

Distributors: XYZ Films, Vertical Entertainment

Keywords: Office, Survival, 1980s, Daughter, Transformation, Escape, Mother, Underdog, Husband, Car, Intense

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Anvari deftly builds and sustains tension throughout, crafting a horror movie that respects genre conventions...while firmly establishing its own distinctive identity. show more

  • Under the Shadow, a Farsi-language debut feature written and directed by Babak Anvari, creates a world where reality itself is suspect. In a year filled with great first features, add Under the Shadow to the list. show more

  • The culturally specific elements that Iran-born, British-based first time writer-director Babak Anvari brings to the picture makes this a distinctive spin on a familiar premise. show more

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Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Winner Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)