Killer Spider

Original title: ANKABOUT
International title: Killer Spider
Type: Fiction, Drama (based on a true story)

CAST
* Mohsen Tanabandeh………….Saeid
* Sareh Bayat………………………Zahra
* Shirin Yazdanbakhsh………….MalaKeh
* Mahour Alvand………………….Afsaneh

CREW
Director…………………………………Ebrahim Irajzad
Screenplay…………………………….Oktay Baraheni (based on a true story)
Director of Photography………….Mahmoud Kalari
Editing…………………………………..Sohrab Khosravi
Original Music………………………..Hamed Sabet
Sound Designer………………………Alireza Alavian
Sound Recordist……………………..Taher Pishvaei
Set Designer…………………………..Aydin Zarif
Costume designer……………………Nazanin Khazaei
Make-Up Artist………………………..Majid Eskandari
Visual Effects………………………….Sina Ghavidel

Production Manager………………..Shahab Alibakhshi
Executive Producer………………….Mohammad Sadegh Ranjkeshan
Producer………………………………..Javad Norouzbeigi
Production Company……………….Ghabe Aseman Institute

Shooting format : 4K
Camera : Alexa Mini
Lenses : Ultra Prime

Screening format : DCP 2D
Sound : 5.1 Surrond
Ratio : 1.2:20
Original version : Persian
Subtitled in : English
Running time : 95 min
Year : 2020

Fiction – Colour – 95 min – 2020 – Iran.

Logline:
The story of a man who wanted to destroy the roots of evil.

Synopsis:
Saeed is a forty-year-old mason, severe and fanatical in his religious beliefs. One day
his wife is accosted by a driver who assumes she is a prostitute. Seething with rage, Saeed seeks revenge. In so doing he gets into various bruising encounters, and each time comes out the worse. He then goes on to see women, and especially prostitutes, as the root of all evil and decides to rid society of sin by eliminating whores. The prostitutes he eliminates are, however, merely destitute women forced to sell their bodies in order to feed their children.

Director’s statement:
I was born in the religious city of Mashhad. During my last year of high school, whilst finishing my Cinema Directing course, a 39 year-old man decided to ‘cleanse’ our city of sin by doing away with street-walkers. He considered these women as vermin that needed to be exterminated. One after another, the bodies of streetwalkers were found dumped around the city. These crimes were made even more odious through the support the killer had among the good citizens of Mashhad.
A year later, I heard of the arrest of the so-called ‘Killer Spider’. I had never imagined he would be a simple building worker, indifferent to the fear his cruelty had instilled, proud of what he had accomplished and believing that God was on his side. I knew then I had to tell his story.
Nearly two decades passed before scriptwriter Oktay Baraheni and I finally managed to tell the tale, feeling that the socio-political conditions in Iran were now opportune for its telling.
Meanwhile, the serial killer had gained a following, and his belief that he was cleansing society of evil is still accepted by many. With my film, I hope to confront this fanatical point of view.

Festival debut:
*- 25th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea. October 21-30, 2020.
‘A Window on Asian Cinema’.