The Slaughterhouse


Director: Abbas Amini
Country: Iran

German Premiere
2020 | 102 min. | Persian, Arabian
Subtitles: German, English
FSK 18

Cast_ Amir Hossein Fathi, Mani Haghighi, Hassan Pourshirazi Screenplay_ Abbas Amini, Hossein Farokhzadeh Camera_ Ehsan Rafiee Jam Producer_ Javad Noruzbegi Rights_ Irimage

Three dead in a Tehran slaughterhouse. How did it happen? What should be done? A stirring film about the price of culpability, the search for truth, and the thirst for revenge of victims.

An Iranian thriller that is at once psycho- and sociogram: Abed, a guard at a slaughterhouse, discovers dead bodies inside the cold store. His shady boss insists it was an accident. Abed feels responsible and asks his son Amir for help. But then both are plagued by a guilty conscience. Suddenly, the daughter of one of the deceased shows up at their door. When Amir discovers that Abed’s boss is involved in the illegal dollar trade, it raises the question: is this why the three men had to die and what will the daughter do?

Steel grey, like the clinically clean butcher's hooks at the slaughterhouse – this is the colour of the shadow worlds of Iranian society that we are led into by director Abbas Amini. The perfect backdrop for a gripping story about guilt and revenge, from which a woman’s unwavering resolve stands out in a world of men. Perceptively told and skilfully directed!


Abbas Amini has been making films since he was thirteen years old. Both his debut and his latest feature, Valderama (2016) and Hendi va Hormoz (2018), were shown in the ‘Generation’ section of the Berlinale. In 2020, he was part of the jury of this same section.