Ali Abbasi (b. 1981) is a Swedish-Iranian filmmaker educated at The National Film School of Denmark. Abbasi has worked with film all over Scandinavia. His first film, Shelley (2016), had Ellen Dorrit Petersen in one of the main roles. He broke through internationally with Border (2018) which won the Un certain regard award at the film festival in Cannes and was later nominated for an Oscar for Best Make-Up. Holy Spider premiered in the main competition in Cannes.