Under the Shadow


UK 2015, 83’
di Babak Anvari
Sceneggiatura/Screenplay Babak Anvari – Fotografia/Cinematography Kit Fraser – Montaggio/Editing Chris Barwell –
Musica/Music Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray – Interpreti/Cast Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Hamidreza Djavdan, Soussan Farrokhnia – Produttori/Producers Lucan Toh, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill – Produzione/Production Wigwam Films – Distribuzione Internazionale/International Distribution XYZ Films

Tehran, 1988: Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise. Conscripted to the army, her husband is sent to the frontlines leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter Dorsa. The bombing campaigns focused on the city, coupled with the country’s bloody revolution, slowly tear a mother and daughter apart: Dorsa’s behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania, in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not. As they struggle to stay together in the midst of these modern terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment, threatening their grip on reality.