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Investigating reports of demonic possessions in a remote village, a skeptical military officer finds his beliefs tested by an enigmatic exorcist. Set in 1978 at the onset of the Iranian Revolution, the film opens in the Kurdish village of Zalava, nestled among the mountains of northwestern Iran, and cursed by an ancient fear that there’s a demon amongst them. So consumed by this superstition, the villagers frequently resort to bloodletting in crude, often deadly, amateur exorcisms. When Massoud, a young gendarmerie sergeant (Navid Pourfaraj), attempts to circumvent these rituals by confiscating Zalava’s weapons, his actions lead to a shocking death. The incident incenses the townsfolk, but it also draws out Amardan (Pouria Rahimi Sam), a shaman who claims that he can provide a permanent solution to the terrifying curse. However, when Massoud arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, the villagers revolt and anger escalates, trapping the gendarmerie and his lover, a government doctor, in a cursed house, surrounded by villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    93 mins
  • Language
    Persian
  • Director
    Arsalan Amiri
  • Screenwriter
    Ida Panahandeh, Arsalan Amiri
  • Producer
    Rouhollah Baradari, Samira Baradari
  • Cast
    Navid Pourfaraj, Pouria Rahimi Sam, Baset Rezaei
  • Cinematographer
    Mohammad Rasouli
  • Editor
    Emad Khodabakhsh
  • Composer
    Ramin Kousha