EXCLUSIVE: Iran-set horror sold by XYZ will be released theatrically by Vertigo on Sept 30.

Under The Shadow

Vertigo Releasing has picked up Babak Anvari’s Iran-set horror Under The Shadow and will release the film in the UK and Ireland on September 30.

The film premiered at Sundance in January this year, where Screen’s review called it a “distinctive spin on a familiar premise.”

Set in war-torn Tehran in the 1980s, the story follows a mother and daughter struggling to cope with a mysterious evil that haunts their home. Narges Rashidi and Avin Manshadi star.

Lucan Toh, Emily Leo and Oliver Roskill produced the horror feature for London-based Wigwam Films.

Netflix picked up the film’s streaming rights prior to the film’s Sundance premiere. Vertical Entertainment are combining with XYZ on distribution in select territories including the US in October.

Sales outfit XYZ boarded the film in April 2015. Nate Bolotin from XYZ conducted the deal with Rupert Preston and Ed Caffrey of Vertigo Releasing, Peter Jarowey of Vertical Entertainment and the Wigwam Films team.