Under the Shadow
Babak Anvari, UK/Iran, 84 min, 2016, in Farsi with English Subtitles
Winner, Athens FF: Best Screenplay; Sundance Film Festival: World Premiere; Official British entry for the Oscars.
Tehran, 1988: the Iran-Iraq war rumbles into its eighth year. The bombing campaigns focused on the city, coupled with the country’s bloody revolution, slowly tear a mother and daughter apart. 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.