The Slaughterhouse



Directed by: Abbas Amini

Written by: Abbas Amini, Hossein Farokhzadeh

Producer: Javad Norouzbeigi

Executive Producer: Ali Tolouei

DoP: Ehsan Rafiee Jam

Editor: Hamid Najafirad

Costume and Production Designer: Atoosa Ghalamfarsaie

Music: Mehran Ghaedipour

Sound-recordist: Dariush Sadeghpour

Sound Designer: Mehrshad Malakooti

Make-up: Yasaman Moheb Ahari

Cast: Amir Hossein Fathi (Amir), Mani Haghighi (Mr. Motevalli), Hassan Pourshirazi (Abed), Baran Kosari (Asra).

Iran, 2020, DCP, 2K, Color, 1:2.35, 5.1, 102 mins

Languages: Farsi, Arabic



You will be a victim in a slaughterhouse, won’t you?



Amir is recently deported from France. Unemployed and idle, he is obliged to stay at his father’s house. For the sake of his father, he gets involved in a horrifying crime which consequently leads him towards the foreign currencies black market. But he knows that the mystery should be unfolded in the last act…

Director’s View:

Looking into the financial situation in Iran today, everyone is aware that the economy acts as an evil butcher. In these circumstances, there are so many innocent people who are ruthlessly victimized. These potential victims may breathe, eat, laugh and fall in love, but they live in fear since they do not know when the butcher will come for them. They are enchanted by the evil butcher. And it’s the way that the evil will go on…

Director’s Profile:

Born in Abadan in 1983, Abbas Amini started making short films at the age of 13. In 2001, he moved to Tehran, worked as assistant director and then began making documentary films especially on social and child welfare issues. After directing a number of shorts and documentaries on social issues and the terrible consequences of the Iran/Iraq war, he joined the ‘Association for the Protection of Child Labourers’ (APCL) as a volunteer 10 years ago. His debut and SECOND feature films, VALDERAMA and HENDI AND HORMOZ, were both premiered and acclaimed in Berlinale and then entered international film festivals circuit. Amini served as a jury member in the Generation section of Berlinale 2020.

Feature Films: 2016- VALDERAMA; 2018- HENDI AND HORMOZ; 2020- I AM HERE!; 2020- THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE.


Festivals & Awards:

1- Fajr Film Festival (Iran – February 2020).

2- Busan International Film Festival (South Korea – October 2020).

  • Kim Jiseok Award Winner.

3- International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (Germany – November 2020)

  • Ecumenical Jury’s Special Mention.

4- Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Hong Kong – November 2020).

  • Cineaste Delights Section.

5- Persian Film Festival (Australia – December 2020).

6- MIFFEST – Malaysia International Film Festival (Malaysia – January 2021).

7- Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh – January 2021).

  • Asian Film Competition.

8- Festival of Iranian Films in National Museum of  Asian Art – Smithsonian (USA – January 2021).

9- Festival of Iranian Films in Boston Department of Space and Time (USA – January 2021).

10- Festival of Iranian Films in Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA – January 2021).

11- Chennai International Film Festival (India – February 2021).

12- Beaune Thriller Film Festival – Reims Polar (France – May 2021).

  • Jury Prize.

13- Wales International Film Festival (UK – September 2021).

  • Best Film Award – Best Foreign Language Film Category.

14- Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco (USA – September 2021).

  • Sepanta Award for the Best Actor in a Feature Film (Amir Hossein Fathi).

15- Barcelona Asian Film Festival (Spain – October 2021).

  • Special Section.

16- Golden Jury International Film Festival (India – December 2021).

  • Best Director Award Category.

17- Film Series Off-Asian Film Festival Barcelona – AFFBCN: Iran, Portraits of a Society (Spain – September 2022).


External Links:



3- «Marché noir » à Téhéran – Factuel le journal.

4- « Marché noir » : thriller iranien dans un abattoir.

5- Marché noir, viande blanche et billets verts.

6- Licorice Pizza, Twist à Bamako, Marché noir… Les films à voir ou à éviter cette semaine.

7- Marché noir : critique d’une boucherie.

8- Black market – Abbas Amini – review.


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