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Zalava

Directed by Arsalan Amiri
Iran 2021
Runtime 93'

1978, in a small village called Zalava, villagers claim that a demon is among them. A young sergeant who investigates the claim crosses paths with an exorcist attempting to evict the demon from the village. He arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, but suddenly finds himself stuck in a cursed house with his lover. The villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon, decide to kill them.

Directedy by
Arsalan Amiri

Screenplay
Arsalan Amiri, Ida Panahandeh, Tahmineh Bahram

Cinematography
Mohammad Rasouli

Editing
Emad Khodabaksh

Music
Ramin Kousha

Sound
Rashid Daneshmand, Amir Hossein Ghasemi

Art Direction
Mohammad Reza Shojaie

Costume
M. Hossein Karami

Cast
Navid Pourfaraj, Pouria Rahimi Sam, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Baset Rezaei, Shaho Rostami, Fereydoun Hamedi, Zahed Zandi, Saleh Rahimi

Production
Samira Baradari e Rouhollar Baradari (Touba Films)

Co-Production
Ruth Yoshie Linton

Ruth Yoshie Linton
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Tuesday 07.09
8.45am Hall Perla
Press, Industry

Wednesday 08.09
1.15pm Hall Perla
All accreditations

Thursday 09.09
7.15pm Hall Astra 1
Public, All accreditations
7.30pm Hall Astra 2
Public, All accreditations

36SIC Arsalan Amiri

Arsalan Amiri (1975) was born in Kurdistan, Iran. He holds a B.A. in Film Directing from the Art University of Tehran and a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Literature from the University of Tehran. In 2003, he began to write scripts, editing, and making documentaries. His first co-written feature script, Nahid (2015), directed by Ida Panahandeh, won the Promising Future Prize in Un Certain Regard at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. He continued collaborating with Panahandeh in her following three films: Israfil (2017), The Nikaidos’ Fall (2018- Japan & Hong Kong), and TiTi (2020) as co-writer, editor, and producer. His debut feature film is Zalava, filmed in Iranian Kurdistan.