‘Holy Spider’ Actor Zar Amir Ebrahimi To Lead Göteborg Film Festival Jury 

sacred spider to spread zar emir ebrahimi He will head the jury of the Nordic competition at the 46th Gothenburg Film Festival, which runs from January 27 to February 5.

Danish actress Sophie Grabol (hit), Ukrainian filmmaker Antonio Lukich (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), and composer Matty Bye. The jury gongs for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film. Last year, the awards were presented with a SEK 400 000 ($38,000) cash prize. Nine films will compete in the 2023 Nordic Competition. The candidates will be announced on January 10.

“I am incredibly proud to lead a jury of these influential artists, so that we can not only amplify the stellar work at the festival, but also bring attention to the atrocities happening around us,” said Amir Ebrahimi.

Ebrahimi won the Best Actress award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for her leading role in Ali Abbasi’s film sacred spider, In the film, Ebrahimi plays a young journalist who travels to the holy city of Mashhad in Iran to investigate a serial killer targeting sex workers. As she gets closer to uncovering her crimes, the opportunity for justice becomes tenuous when the killer is embraced as a hero. The film is Denmark’s submission to the international Oscar race.

The story is based on the real-life case of ‘spider killer’ Saeed Hanei, who claimed he was on a mission from God as he killed 16 women between 2000 and 2001.

In 2008, Zar Amir Ebrahimi fled Iran due to the risk of imprisonment after an intimate video of him and his partner was leaked online. In recent months, the actress has been vocal in support of independence protests across Iran following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in September.

In conjunction with the Swedish premiere of Iranian filmmaker Mani Haghi subtraction In Gothenburg, Ebrahimi will lead a demonstration in support of actress Taraneh Alidosti and the people of Iran.

subtraction A doppelgänger thriller with Alidosti in the lead role. Elidosti was released on bail by the Iranian authorities yesterday. Elidosti was arrested on December 17, 2022, after she criticized the Iranian state’s use of the death penalty against protesters.

Gothenburg will also host an additional screening of the acclaimed 2022 feature by jailed Iranian filmmaker Zafar Panahi no bear And how dare you wish such nonsense, directed by Maniya Akbari. The film is a story about the emancipation, exploitation and oppression of the women of Iran, based on clips from films from the silent-film era until the revolution in 1979.

“Zar Ameer Ebrahimi is an extraordinary actress and a very brave person. Because of his artistic intelligence, we are delighted to welcome him as Jury President,” said Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director of the Gothenburg Film Festival.

“Joining him, we would like to express our deep solidarity with the people of Iran and our Iranian filmmaker friends who are facing an extremely difficult and dangerous situation.”