(Zir e sayeh), Babak Anvari / GB-QA-HKJ-IR, 2016
Farsi / Czech and English subtitles, 84 min
A breathtaking and triumphant debut feature, Under the Shadow is a terrifying allegory of the war-torn Tehran in the 80s where a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the approaching missiles. One by one all the neighbours leave to escape until the two are the only ones left in the building as a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Babak Anvari is a BAFTA nominated and award winning Iranian filmmaker based in Britain. After several successful shorts, Babak directed his masterfully suspenseful horror debut, Under the Shadow, which premiered in Sundance International Film Festival and was received with a rave critical acclaim throughout the world by the lovers of film and critics alike.