The highly-anticipated breakout festival hit UNDER THE SHADOW, which many are already calling the best horror film of 2016, will be hitting theaters and VOD/On Demand October 7th via Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films.
The Farsi-language Iranian film was directed by Babak Anvari, and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Hamidreza Djavdan, and Soussan Farrokhnia.
Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War of the Cities. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise. With Tehran under the constant threat of aerial bombardment, her husband (Bobby Naderi) is drafted and sent to the frontlines by the army, leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). Soon after he leaves, a missile hits their apartment building and while failing to explode, a neighbor dies under mysterious circumstances and Dorsa's behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
Shideh finds herself slowly drawn into the ensuing turmoil, struggling to cling onto what is real and what is not. Searching for answers, she learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed missile might have brought with it Djinn - a malevolent Middle-Eastern spirit that travels on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.
The film made its world premiere earlier this year at Sundance to rave reviews and continued amazing film festival audiences and racking up awards from there. Lead Narges Rashidi was recognized as one of Variety's "19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances" out of Sundance and the film still boasts an impressive 100% Fresh Rating across the board on Rotten Tomatoes. It's early success is only a preview of what's to come as it reaches larger audiences this fall. To keep up to date with the release, follow UNDER THE SHADOW on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/undertheshadowfilm Twitter at https://twitter.com/UTSFilm and Instagram @UnderTheShadowFilm.