Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: MAD Solutions Acquires 'Let Them Come'

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: MAD Solutions Acquires 'Let Them Come'

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MAD has acquired the Arab distribution rights to Let Them Come (Maintenant ils peuvent venir), the debut fiction feature of Salem Brahimi, which plays at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) in theContemporary World Cinema strand.

The French-Algerian production is produced by Michèle Ray Gavras and film director Costa-Gavras.

The adaptation of Arezki Mellal's novel revolves around a family that must defend itself amidst the onslaught of violence between government forces and radical Islamists in 1990s Algeria.

Alaa Karkouti, co-founder and managing partner at MAD Solutions, remarked on the importance of the acquisition. "The Arab world is awash with horrific stories, that come with a deluge of blood and terror, but rarely has this reality been represented in a film as powerfully as it has been in Let Them Come," he said.

"Salem's debut fiction feature is the first to tackle the dark decades in Algeria, so forcefully that it has shocked the audiences in TIFF. …

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