The Night (2020 film)

The Night (Persian: آن شب‎, lit.'That Night') is a 2020 psychological horror thriller film directed by Kourosh Ahari. It is a co-production between Iran and the United States, starring Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Noor, Leah Oganyan, and George Maguire. The plot tells the story of an Iranian couple living in the United States, who are imprisoned in a Los Angeles hotel.[1][3] It is the first American-made film to receive permission for theatrical release in Iran since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.[4][5]

The Night
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Theatrical release poster
Persianآن شب
Directed byKourosh Ahari
Produced by
  • Alex Bretow
  • Kourosh Ahari
  • Jeffrey Allard
  • Cheryl Staurulakis
  • Armin Amiri
Written by
  • Milad Jarmooz
  • Kourosh Ahari
Music byNima Fakhrara
CinematographyMaz Makhani
Edited byKourosh Ahari
  • Mammoth Pictures
  • 7Skies Entertainment
  • Indie Entertainment
  • Orama Filmworks
  • Leveller Media
  • Supernova8 Films
Distributed byIFC Midnight
Release date
  • January 20, 2020 (2020-01-20) (SBIFF)
  • January 29, 2021 (2021-01-29) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
  • Iran
  • United States
  • Persian
  • English
Box office$26,114[2]

The film had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 20, 2020.[5] It was released in theaters and via video on demand in the United States on January 29, 2021, by IFC Midnight.[6]


An Iranian couple, along with their one-year-old daughter, find themselves trapped inside a Los Angeles hotel with their demons—real and imagined—until they can confront the secrets of their marriage.


  • Shahab Hosseini as Babak Naderi
  • Gia Mora as Sara
  • Elester Latham as displaced man
  • Kathreen Khavari as Elahe
  • George Maguire as hotel receptionist
  • Niousha Jafarian
  • Cara Fuqua
  • Armin Mehr
  • Steph Martinez
  • Leah Oganyan
  • Michael Graham as police officer


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 81% approval rating based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "The dramatic heft and dread of The Night delivers haunting supernatural frights – and an impressive feature directorial debut for Kourosh Ahari".[7]


  1. ^ a b Kuipers, Richard (October 27, 2020). "'The Night' Review: Farsi-Language Horror Thriller Set in an L.A. Hotel Delivers Classy Scares". Variety. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Night". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  3. ^ ".: Iranian Movie DataBase فيلم آن شب :". Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Scheck, Frank (January 27, 2021). "'The Night': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 14, 2020). "Kourosh Ahari's Thriller 'The Night' Becomes First U.S.-Produced Film To Receive License For Theatrical Release In Iran". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "The Night". IFC Films. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "The Night (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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