Sundance 2016: Netflix Picks Up Streaming Rights to Iranian Horror Movie ‘Under the Shadow’

Festival favorites “Tallulah” and “Fundamentals of Caring” will stream on Netflix, too

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Netflix has picked up the streaming rights to Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow,” which will premiere Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film written and directed by Babak Anvari is set in Iran in 1988 during the Iran-Iraq War, and follows Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) as they start to believe their home is haunted by “djinn,” an evil spirit.

Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films produced the foreign film with dialogue spoken entirely in Farsi.

“Under the Shadow” will have a day-and-date released on digital and VOD platforms as well as a theatrical release in select territories. The film will debut on Netflix shortly after the theatrical debut, but the actual release date is still unannounced.


Netflix has already picked up the rights to Ellen Page‘s “Tallulah,” and Paul Rudd‘s “Fundamentals of Caring.” The streaming service’s other upcoming projects include “War Machine” with Brad Pitt and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

“Under the Shadow” will premiere on Friday as part of the “Midnight” section at the Egyptian Theatre. XYZ Films brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.