• Drama / 93 min / Iran / 2021

In 1978, the inhabitants of a small village in Iran called Zalava claim there is a demon among them. Massoud, a young gendarmerie sergeant, who investigates this claim encounters an exorcist attempting to rid the village of the demon. When he arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, the villagers fear and anger escalates. Massoud and his love interrest, a government doctor, soon find themselves trapped in a cursed house, surrounded by villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon.


Zalava at festivals

Shanghai International Film Festival, China

Persian International Film Festival, Australia
Dingle Distillery International Film Festival, Ireland
Molins Horror Film Festival, Spain
Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival, Germany
Splat!FilmFest, Poland
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium
MotelX Film Festival, Portugal
Amman International Film Festival, Jordan
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea
Neuch√Ętel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Rep.
Festival Cinema(s) d'Iran, France
Overlook Film Festival, US
Moscow Kurdish Film Festival, Russia
Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, US
Cheltenham International Film Festival, UK
Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, UK
Jim Thorpe independent Film Festival, US
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
Fantasy Filmfest, Germany
WOW Film Festival, UK
Glasgow Film Festival, UK
Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden

Through the Looking Glass Film Festival, Italy
Chicago Critics Film Festival, US
Duhok International Film Festival, Iraq
Anomaly Film Festival, US
Morbido Fest, Mexcio
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Philadelphia FilmFestival, US
Fantastic Fest Austin, US
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Venice Critics Week, Italy

Special Mention from Emerging Raven Jury - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
Best Director (Arsalan Amiri) + Best Actor (Navid Farjzdadeh) - Duhok International Film Festival
Best Film (Next Wave section) - Fantastic Fest Austin
Grand Prix + FIPRESCI - Venice Critics Week

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