|Under The Shadow|
|Directed by Babak Anvari, Jordan / Qatar 2016
84 mins. Persian dialogue with English sub-titles
Amidst the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 1980s, Shideh elects to stay in the city with her daughter Dorsa despite the protests of her husband Iraj, a doctor working for the military who has been assigned to an area of heavy fighting. As the shelling of the city intensifies, a missile strikes their building leading to the death of an upstairs neighbour. Dorsa's behaviour worsens, desperately hunting for her lost doll and, believing there is a presence in the house, Shideh becomes convinced a Djinn has attached itself to the family. The astonishing directorial debut of Babak Anvari, the film was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
|What the Critics say:|
|"As much a study of a changing society as it is a story of evil spirits. The movie is first fascinating, then terrifying." (Noel Murray - Los Angeles Times)|