Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Oscar-nominated star of Ali Abbasi Holy spiderwill be on the Nordic jury at this year’s Gothenburg Film Festival.
Ebrahimi high rides following star-making performance Holy spiderWinner of Best Actress at Cannes last year, will direct the main competition section of Gothenburg, Sweden’s leading film festival.
She is the Danish actress Sophie Gravol (killing), Ukrainian director Antonio Lukić (Luxembourg, Luxembourg) and Swedish film composer Matti Bye (A 100-year-old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared). A jury selects the best films at this year’s festivals in the Nordic region. Her nine works for the 2023 Nordic Competition line-up will be unveiled on January 10th.
of Holy spider, Ebrahimi plays an Iranian journalist who tries to find a serial killer who has been targeting sex workers in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad. Inspired by real events in Iran in the early 2000s, the film was a Danish nominee for the International Feature Film Oscar (director Abbasi is of Danish-Iranian descent) and was recently nominated for the 95th Academy Awards. It is a finalist for the award.
Ebrahimi, who was forced to flee Iran to France in 2008, has been an outspoken critic of the Tehran regime and a staunch supporter of recent anti-government protests. In Gothenburg, she will demonstrate in support of Iranian actress Taraneh Alidusti. She has just been released on bail after she was recently detained by authorities for voicing her support for her protesters on social media.
Gothenburg will also screen Alidusti’s latest film, Mani Hagigi’s doppelganger thriller. subtractionat its Swedish premiere.
Iranian cinema will be the focus of this year’s festival, with additional screenings of No Bears, the latest film by imprisoned director Jafar Panahi. Why such a silly wish?Mania Akbari’s documentary on the emancipation, exploitation and oppression of women in Iran, which premiered at the Tallinn Film Festival in November.