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Horror-thriller 'The Night' the first Iran-US co-production to open in Iran since the Revolution

Chilling new film dwells on dark secrets
Horror-thriller 'The Night' the first Iran-US co-production to open in Iran since the Revolution

Writer/director Kourosh Ahari’s film made history for being the first US produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The psychological thriller follows in the footsteps of The Shining, drawing its audience into a hotel that is both ominous and inviting, where the ghosts of the past still linger. 

After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini, from The Separation), Neda (NioushaNoor, who starred in Here and Now) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie, Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night’s rest as Babak and Neda soon realise they’re locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, was produced by Alex Bretow and Kourosh Ahari for Mammoth Pictures, Jeffrey Allard for Indie Entertainment, Cheryl Staurulakis for Orama Filmworks, Armin Amiri for Supernova8 Films, and Mohammad Dormanesh for Ayat Film Company in Iran.

“Sneaks up on viewers and delivers a knockout final act”- Variety

Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) is consulting producer, with George Rush (Sorry to Bother You),Behnam Bebahani, Leo Staurulakis, Ryan Clarkson, David Spisak, Chris Johns andP.K. Patel on board as executive producers.

IFC Midnight released The Night in cinemas and premium on-demand in North America and in Iran in February, while thefilm is set to open in the UK in April via Vertigo Releasing. 

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