Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Takes Theeb World Rights

Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Takes Theeb World Rights

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Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.

The dramatic action film follows a young Bedouin boy who is propelled into adulthood following the death of his feather and the arrival of a British Army Officer on a mysterious mission. Filmed in the same desert landscapes of Lawrence Of Arabia, the film stars Bedouin non-professional actor Jacir Eid.

The Jordanian, UK, UAE and Qatar co-production is produced by Bassel Ghandour and Rupert Lloyd for Bayt Al Shawareb and Noor Pictures. The film is screening as a world premiere in Venice before moving to Toronto's Discovery section. It marks the feature debut of Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, whose short credits include Death Of A Boxer.

Fortissimo's autumn festivals slate also includes Hal Hartley's Ned Rifle - the concluding film in a trilogy including Henry Fool and Fay Grim - which is receiving its world premiere as a special presentation at Toronto. …

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