IFC Midnight has set a date for director Kourosh Ahari‘s psychological horror movie The Night this week, the Iranian film set for release in theaters and at home on January 29, 2021.
The Night is a psychological thriller that follows an Iranian couple, Babak and Neda, and their one-year-old daughter, Shabnam. Returning home from a friend’s gathering, Babak drives drunkenly, too stubborn to let Neda drive with a suspended license. When Babak’s driving threatens the safety of the family, Neda insists they stay the night at a hotel. Once they check-in, Babak and Neda find themselves imprisoned, forced to face the secrets they’ve kept from each other. And though the clock moves forward, “the night” never ends.
The press release details, “The Night went into production in the US in 2018, at the onset of Trump’s Iran sanctions imposition, employing a diverse cast and crew made up of predominantly Iranian immigrants or US-born Iranian-Americans. All department heads leading the production, from production through post, are Iranian or of Iranian descent. The Night employed Iranians in leadership roles in all key creative positions above and below the line, both lead acting roles, while being US-produced.”
Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Jafarian, Leah Oganyan, and George Maguire star.
Milad Jarmooz & Kourosh Ahar wrote the script.