THE COMPETITION PROGRAM FOR THE 18TH CINEFEST IS FORMING: TWO AWARD-WINNING CANNES THRILLERS WILL BE SCREENED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUNGARY AT CINEFEST!
Iranian-born Ali Abbasi’s Swedish co-production The Holy Spider, with Zar Amir Ebrahimi, won the Best Actress award at the world’s most prestigious film festival in Cannes in May. The Holy Spider is based on a true story: the protagonist of the film is a religious family man who, with the aim of cleansing the holy Iranian city of Meshed of sin, starts killing prostitutes. The serial killer Saeed Hanaei murdered 16 women in 2000-2001 before he was caught. Upon his arrest, he pleaded a divine mission in court, dividing the religious society of the Islamic State.
There was a great anticipation before the premiere of Tarik Saleh’s Danish-Swedish co-production thriller Boy from Heaven at Cannes. The film eventually won Best Screenplay at Cannes. The Swedish director, who has already won numerous awards for his political thriller The Cairo Affair, has once again made a crime film starring the distinguished Scandinavian actor Fares Fares. The story centers on the death of the Grand Imam, the debate over whose succession leads to a desperate struggle, corruption and crime. And while the authorities try their best to conduct a secular investigation in the religious community, a young man who manipulates the religious community as an undercover agent of the authorities becomes the center of events.
The Hungarian premieres of both suspenseful thrillers will be part of the competition program of the 18th CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival in September.