Synopsis: In a high-rise apartment young parents Alex and Mahsa live with their seven-year-old daughter Mina. Everything about the family is completely normal, uncomfortably real: Their home, their jobs, her school, the way they hold and love each other. The line between fact and fiction is blurred because THEY ARE A REAL family. Until completely normal turns into what they fear the most. Alex's injury opens the door to a malevolent force that attacks and dismantles the family one person at a time: A violent aggressor determined to prove that possession is real, unconscionably disturbing and very different from how it's depicted in the movies.
Director(s): Mahsa Ghorbankarimi (co-director), Alexander Gorelick (co-director)
  5 wins.
90 min


- Mommy, I want my mommy.

Please, I want my mommy.


Mommy, please, I want my mommy.

I want my mommy.

Mommy, mommy, mommy.

Mommy, mommy, I want my mommy.

Mommy please, mommy

please, I want my mommy.

- Mommy what if

we never find her?

- We'll find her, I know it.

We just have to look everywhere.

- I found her!

- Good job.

Please don't put her

on the ground anymore.

Hold her in your hand, play

with her, and put her back.

We may not be able to

find her next time.

You don't want that do you?

- I know, I know mommy, I'll

be more careful next time.

- Follow through,

follow through.

There you go,

alright, switch up.

- Hey baby.

- Hi baby.

- How are you?

- I'm good.

Thank god all this.

But they're so booked up

that there's no flexibility

with the timing, so I have to

get ready for that time slot

that they gave me.

- That's a big show.

- No, it's gonna be

tough but I can get it done.

- It's okay to ask

for help sometimes.

- With you I never

need to ask for help,

you're always there for me.

- Mommy, daddy open the door.

Open the door mommy, daddy.


- Hi Alex.

- How are you?

- Mommy!

- Thanks again for last night.

- Back up, go back, go back.

Beautiful, now come

all the way there,

and give me one of

those beautiful turns.

Beautiful, that's my girl.

Alex, will you put Mina to bed?

- Yeah baby, I'll

be right there.

- Aw, you're the good girl.

You're the one who takes

care of your mommy.

Good girl, daddy's

coming home tonight.

You're gonna see

your daddy tonight.

- You know, during the day,

when you're out at school,

I'm here, I'm here

sitting on a shelf.

Huh, that's crazy, that's why

I always feel like I miss you.

- Okay, now hug me the

biggest hug you can ever do,

and squeeze me.

- That's a good idea, I'd

actually love to do that.

You're so sweet.

- Harder, harder.

- Ahhh!

- Harder.

- No, not too hard, we

don't want to hurt you.

- No, you're not gonna hurt me.

- Is it yummy, Mina?

- Very yummy.

- Oh yea, if it's yummy then

why don't you eat it like this?

- Oh my god daddy, not again.

- I just made her baby.

- She'll be alright.

Come grab her, come grab her.

- No, you guys are crazy.

- Daddy, is that mommy on TV?

What is this channel?

- That's the

lobby channel, Mina.

It's so you can see who comes

in and out of our building,

so you don't open the

door for strangers.

Come on, Mina.

- Are you done?

- Why can't I scare you?

- What do I gotta be scared of?

What is gonna be in

tiny little condo

with you two knuckleheads?

- Mina, please put that

away, it's not play time.

Come and get ready for bed.

- It was really

cool when I saw you on TV.

- When I was you're age, we

didn't even have cell phones.

If my mommy went out and

we wanted to reach her

we couldn't even call her.

Never mind seeing her on TV.

- Can you sleep with me?

- Why?

- Because like

sometimes it's really scary

when it's dark.

- You know back then there

was a war in my country,

and then sometimes the electricity

would go off completely,

in the whole city,

there would be no light.

- What, blackout?

- Yeah, just like blackout.

But we loved it because me,

and my mommy, and daddy,

and my brother, and sister,

we would all sit under the

candle light and then

my daddy read us poetry,

tell us a story.

- All in the dark?

- All in the dark,

dark can be really good.

Sometimes dark brings the

whole family together.

Sweet dreams Namaka.

- You fed Henry.

- Yeah, Hen was all good.

But fluffy just keeps

stinking up the place, huh.

- Don't say that,

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