UNDER THE SHADOW

under-the-shadow-poster-smThursday, April 21, 7:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
UNDER THE SHADOW
(2016, 84 min, Dir. Babak Anvari)
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In this atmospheric Sundance 2016 favorite, an Iranian mother and daughter struggle to survive in war-torn Tehran while simultaneously being haunted by an unseen evil.

Shideh is left alone to protect her young daughter following her husband’s conscription into the Iran-Iraq War, now in its eighth year.  Blacklisted and unable to finish medical school, Shideh is forced to stay at home.  Anxiety over constant surveillance from authorities and neighbors, as well as the threat of bombardment from above, forces the pair to become more and more entrenched in their small apartment.  As the threat of violence swells, creeping supernatural forces begin to torment mother and daughter.  Slowly they drift into mania, unable to discern the real dangers from the imaginary.

under-the-shadow-movie-imageMixing allegory with artfully-designed scares, it’s easy to understand how Under the Shadow became an overnight hit at Sundance.  Drawing from his childhood experience growing up in in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, writer/director Babak Anvari’s inventive spin on a classic Islamic folktale deals with a mythology and setting western audiences rarely see.  Fans of slow, ratcheting tension, unseen terrors, tricky demons, dolls in trouble, and creative storytelling should take note.

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