Zalava

  • 93'
  • Iran
  • 2021

Is a demon haunting Zalava? Young sergeant Massoud doesn't think so. It is 1978, in the wake of the Iranian revolution. Massoud has been summoned to the remote Iranian-Kurdish village of Zalava with the assignment to banish a demon. The village is inhabited by former nomads who are united in their strong superstitious beliefs.

He arrests the self-declared exorcist Amardan, which turns the whole community against him. To re-win the villagers’ trust – and, in particular, that of Maliheh, a state doctor whom he is in love with – Massoud sets out to save the village, when the next emergency call comes in. However, the frantic villagers aren’t that easily reassured. Zalava is an unexpected drama with elements of the horror genre. Full of suspense and thrills, it is also a fable that speaks about how superstitions may turn into self-fulfilling prophecies.

Director
Arsalan Amiri
Country of production
Iran
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Kurdish, Persian
Producers
Samira Baradari, Rouhollah Baradari
Production Company
Touba Films
Sales
LevelK
Screenplay
Ida Panahandeh, Arsalan Amiri, Tahmineh Bahramalian
Cinematography
Mohammad Rasouli
Editor
Emad Khodabaksh
Production Design
Mohammad Reza Shojaie
Sound Design
Rashid Daneshmand, Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Music
Ramin Kousha
Cast
Navid Pourfaraj, Pouria Rahimi Sam, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Baset Rezaei, Shaho Rostami, Fereydoun Hamedi, Zahed Zandi