Horror | Running Time: 98 minutes
2023 / Urdu
Country: Pakistan and Canada
Pakistani-Canadian Zarrar Kahn’s In Flames was the first South Asian horror film to premiere in Cannes, screening in Directors’ Fortnight last year. Based in Toronto, Kahn has been invited to join several talent labs – at festivals in Toronto and Locarno, at Asian Film Academy and the Canadian Film Centre – and has had films screened and awarded at over 70 festivals.
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CastSyeda Ramesha Nawal, Omar Javaid, Bakhtawar Mazhar, Adnan Hassan Shah Tipu, Mohammad Ali Hashmi, Jibran Khan
Mariam is a medical student living with her mother Faraha and younger brother in a tiny Karachi flat owned by her grandfather. When he dies, leaving a mountain of debt, an uncle steps in offering to cover the debts, after which he says they have signed over their apartment and that he is evicting them. The legal system, heavily weighted against women, offers them no protection. Faraha, grieving and isolated, has little energy to fight. Mariam takes refuge in a romance with a kindly fellow student, but her mental health is failing; she has nightmares that are the stuff of horror movies. Mother and daughter must join forces to overcome both real and phantasmal forces that threaten to engulf them.