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Interview: Zar Amir Ebrahimi – Holy Spider / Shayda / Tatami

Interview: Zar Amir Ebrahimi – Holy Spider / Shayda / Tatami

Ali Abbasi brought her on as a casting director and as fate would have it Zar Amir Ebrahimi would go onto land the role that was originally not meant for her (as a journalist trying to solve serial murders of prostitutes in Mashhad, Iran) and win the Best Actress award (see here) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022. Holy Spider would catapult the actress to international recognition but as we learned, Ebrahimi was already making inroads onto significant contributions that premiered in 2023 with Shayda (a Sundance selection and Audience Award winner) and Venice preemed Tatami (a film that allowed her to cut her teeth as a director alongside Guy Nattiv). In a brief sit down with Zar Amir Ebrahimi (who was a jury member at the 2023 Marrakech International Film Festival) I got to ask her how she looks back at the significance of Holy Spider and how did it might have changed her role choices and career path and talked about her taking on the titular role of Shadya in Noora Niasari’s debut.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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