SHARAF film in competition at the Red Sea International Film Festival
Director The feature film SHARAF by Samir Nasr is in competition at the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival to be held from December 6 to 15, 2021 in Saudi Arabia. The film will be part of the Red Sea Competition for Feature Films, competing for the Golden Yusr Award, along with other awards for directing, screenwriting and acting.
SHARAF’s pan-Arab distribution includes seven Arab nationalities, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Libya. In this film, Samir Nasr presents the microcosm of a prison that reflects the complex situation of Arab societies living under dictatorship and poverty, through a class system that distinguishes the rich “royal prisoners” and the poor “government prisoners” .
Commenting on the project, director Samir Nasr said: âThanks to my friendship with writer Sonallah Ibrahim, we took the time to develop SHARAF’s script together for several years and we combined his eye for detail and his vast knowledge of life inside the prison. with my ideas of condensing this enormous novel into an attractive and powerful film structure. “
Producer Silvana Santamaria comments: âSamir Nasr has created a magnificent and important piece of Arab cinema and we are proud to present with our film new Arab talents to the world, who have proven their skills alongside well-known professionals from the region – in front of and behind the camera. Co-producer Adolf El-Assal also comments: âI am very happy and proud to be a part of the SHARAF journey and how Samir Nasr was able to make such an incredible and sensitive film.
Shot in Tunisia in co-production with the production company Zone Art Films, owned by Bilal Athimni, SHARAF stars Ahmed Al-Munirawi, Fadi Abi Samra, Khaled Houissa, Ridha Boukadida and Tawfik Bahri. The film is based on the novel of the same title by Sonallah Ibrahim, the screenplay is written by Samir Nasr and Sonallah Ibrahim.
The film is produced by Soilfilms Media (Germany) and co-produced by ARTE, ZDF, Zone Art Films (Tunisia), Teamwerk.Die Filmproduktion (Germany), Les contes Modernes (France), Wady films (Luxembourg) and Neue Mediopolis (Germany) , in addition to the MFG Film Fund Baden-Wurttemberg, the Francophonie Film Fund and the Sanad Film Fund. SHARAF was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 as part of the Gap Financing Market at Venice Production Bridge.
The first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will be held in Jeddah, the city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The festival will feature a number of the most important and recent Arab and international film productions, including top titles like Cyrano by Jon Wright and The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In addition to the classic selections of outstanding directors, the festival includes other programs to introduce the public to new voices from the region and abroad. The festival is a platform for Arab filmmakers and those working in the film industry around the world by building communication bridges, organizing a competition for feature films and another for short films, as well as in hosting a range of activities, seminars and workshops.