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‘Holy Spider’ Leads Prize List At Stockholm International FF; Other Wins Include Frances O’Connor And Laura Poitras

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The big winner at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2022 was Holy Spider, directed by Swedish-Danish-Iranian Ali Abbasi. Complete list of winners below The film won the Bronze Horse for Best Film, while lead actor Mehdi Bajestani was named Best Male Actor for his role as serial killer Saeed Hanaei.

The film was based on the true story of the so-called ‘Spider-Killer’ who targeted sex workers and killed 16 women from 2000 to 2001 in Mashhad, Iran.

The film depicts a fictional female journalist investigating the crimes. In presenting Abbasi with his award, the jury said of Holy Spider: “A groundbreaking film that is done not only with enormous courage but with mastery that leaves us breathless; our insides both speechless and wanting to cream.

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