Babak Anvari's debut feature film, the Iranian horror flick, Under the Shadow
, will have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival tonight in Park City. Yesterday, streaming giant Netflix acquired the worldwide streaming rights for the film. The announcement was made by Variety
In 1988 Tehran, Shideh's attempts to rejoin medical school after getting married and having daughter Dorsa are thwarted as a consequence of her politically active history. Her husband is sent off to serve in the Iran-Iraq War while Iraqi air raids draw perilously close to their own apartment. As she is left alone with Dorsa after neighbors and friends flee from a city in chaos, her daughter becomes increasingly ill and seemingly disturbed. Shideh initially dismisses Dorsa's tantrums over a missing doll, but she reluctantly comes to suspect that they've been targeted by djinn--malevolent spirits that steal from those they seek to possess. (from the Sundance festival page
The theatrical rights to the film are yet to be announced. Sales of the film are being negotiated by XYZ FIlms.
(Yep. Time again to remind you that ScreenAnarchy founder and editor Todd Brown is part of the XYZ Films crew and that he had no bearing on the content of this article.)
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