EXCLUSIVE: Holy Spider, the Ali Abbasi-directed Iranian serial killer thriller, is in talks for a deal for U.S. rights with Utopia, the U.S. gross sales and distribution agency owned by Robert Schwartzman and Cole Harper. The provocative Cannes Competitors movie premiered right now on the Croisette to robust applause and optimistic notices.
CAA Media Finance is brokering the home deal whereas Wild Bunch is dealing with gross sales on the movie a few serial killer who’s killing intercourse employees within the holy city of Mashhad, a pilgrimage vacation spot (and the second largest city in Iran). Primarily based on a real story, the movie facilities on a feminine journalist from Tehran who’s attempting to trace the killer down – and who faces quite a lot of opposition from the authorities, as many secretly assist the “spider killer” for eradicating a scandalous component.
Pic is written by Abbasi and Afshin Kamran Bahrami, and stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Mehdi Bajestani. Producers are Sol Bondy (The Story) and Jacob Jarek (Converse No Evil).
The acquisition marks the largest deal to this point for the upstart Utopia, shaped in 2019 with a “filmmaker first” method. Earlier releases embrace Sharp Stick, American Dharma and Mickey And The Bear.