Big applause and very strong feelings when Swedish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider” premiered at this year’s festival in Cannes. One of the big favourites for this year’s Palme d’Or Abbasi delivered a big thank you speech saying this is a great day for Iranian film.
This is Abbasi’s first time in Cannes, he debuted here with his movie “Holy Spider”. Not a bad first time in Cannes, Abbasi is not only in contention for this year’s Palme d’Or but also one of the big favourites to win. “Holy Spider” is a drama thriller and revolves around a serial killer who spreads fear amongst prostitutes in the holy city that is Mashhad.
During Sunday's gala premiere in Cannes the Swedish-Iranian director was met with standing ovations. Following these ovations Abbasi gave a very strong and thoughtful speech. Abbasi mentioned in his speech:
- This means a lot to us. It means a lot for my incredible team together with all the actors. But this is also a big day for all of Iranian film.