The real-life "Spider Killer" murdered 16 women in Iran between 2000 and 2001. The case inspired Holy Spider, which has resonated abroad during a time of amplified state violence in Iran.
Cannes Film Festival
Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's class warfare comedy "Triangle of Sadness" won the Palme d'Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, giving Ostlund the prize for the second time.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an impassioned speech via video at the Cannes film festival. He asked them to emulate Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator in which he mocked Hitler.
After the cancellation of the festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Cannes Film Festival returns to the French Riviera with an expanded program and a historic jury led by filmmaker Spike Lee.