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Trailer and Poster for IFC Midnight’s Iranian Psychological Thriller ‘The Night’

Check out the new trailer and poster for IFC Midnight’s Iranian Psychological Thriller, The Night. The film was written and directed by Kourosh Ahari. That cast includes Shahab Hosseini (A Separation), Niousha Jafarian (Here & Now), and George Maguire (Pursuit of Happiness).

The Night

Synopsis for The Night

A suspenseful thriller that unfurls the story of a young Iranian family living in the US. This is the directorial debut from Iranian filmmaker Kourosh Ahari and is crossing the historic benchmark of being the first US-produced film to receive distribution in Iran in four decades. Following a tense night out with friends, Babak (played masterfully by Iranian superstar Shabab Hossein, winner of Best Actor at the 2016 Cannes Film Festivali), and Neda (Niousha Jafarian) and their infant daughter find themselves spending the night in a hotel. As a malevolent energy torments the family, Babak and Neda’s deeply guarded secrets are summoned from their dark hiding places. THE NIGHT will not end until they confront the truth within themselves.

Directors Statment:

Throughout Iran’s cinema history, the horror genre has never been celebrated as a new horizon to craft unique original narratives that satisfy the desire of its large audience. As a psychological horror genre fan myself, I always craved to see an elevated horror in Farsi, deeply grounded in real life. Blessed to find myself in the art, I decided to explore the genre and welcome the challenge of creating one.

The Night is a brew of my fascination with human psychology married with my curiosity of an unknown world, which we all may have experienced one way or the other. Our story approaches a very complex yet common human condition, the fear of our darkest secrets being revealed. My co-writer, Milad Jarmooz and I decided to elevate this often buried fear of human beings to the surface and shape it as the driving force of terror in our story. The Night at its core is a psychological thriller that gradually dives into the world of horror as the secrets of its two main characters are permitted to come out of hiding and take form, confining the couple with their one-year-old in an eerie old hotel. The Night will not end until they confront the truth within themselves.

The story and themes of The Night are profoundly universal and current, allowing the audience to instantaneously relate to the movie. Although the language spoken in The Night is primarily Farsi, the dominating visual storytelling dimension allows you to overcome the subtitles and become absorbed in the film. While you might find resemblance to some of the iconic horror genre films, throughout the development of the story, we kept reminding ourselves that the legends had already mastered the haunted hotel story. We are greatly inspired by them, nonetheless, we are not in the attempt of walking the same path, so don’t let this creepy hotel fool you; look for the signs and pay attention to everything. That’s not to say, you wouldn’t feel like not wanting to stay at a hotel after viewing The Night.

IFC Midnight will release The Night on Friday, January 29, 2021, in select theatres and on digital and VOD platforms. Stay tuned for our review!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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