Female journalist Rahimi travels to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer who believes he is doing the work of God, cleansing the streets of sinners by murdering sex workers. As the body count mounts, and Rahimi draws closer to exposing his crimes, the opportunity for justice grows harder to attain as the ‘SpiderKiller’ is embraced by many as a hero. Based on the horrific true story of serial killer Saeed Hanaei, who killed 16 women, acclaimed writer-director Ali Abbasi unveils a gripping crime thriller and a daring indictment of a society in which rough justice is routinely a fact of life. Abbasi is known for his film Border, which premiered in Cannes and won the Un Certain Regard award. Holy Spider won Best Actress award in Cannes in 2022.