Sundance: 'Under the Shadow' Director Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Under the Shadow Still 2- H 2016
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The horror pic was just acquired by Netflix.

Hot off his Sundance horror movie Under the Shadow selling to Netflix even before the festival opens, director Babak Anvari has been scooped up by an agency.

The filmmaker has signed with WME in what is being described as a competitive situation.

Shadow is the U.K. helmer’s feature debut and is set to premiere Friday in Sundance’s midnight movie sidebar, but the film was generating buzz prior to the fest and was acquired Thursday by Netflix.

Set in 1988 Tehran as the Iran-Iraq War rumbles into its eighth year, Shadow centers on a mother and daughter who are slowly torn apart by the bombing campaigns on the city coupled with the country's bloody revolution. As they struggle to stay together amidst these terrors, a mysterious evil known as the djinn stalks through their apartment.

Anvari previously directed a tense and unnerving short video, Two &Two, which was nominated for a BAFTA and generated heat for the budding filmmaker.

He is also repped by Jago Irwin at Independent in the U.K.