A new wave of Arab films is set to arrive in the year 2022. Perfect Strangers, an upcoming release from Iraqi director Haider Rashid, is sure to be a major talking point. This new film might be the first Arab film to push the envelope. The film revolves around a group of friends who play a game together and deal with topics that are considered taboo in the Middle East. In the past, films like Eternals and West Side Story were banned in cinemas due to their storylines involving homosexuality, so Perfect Strangers could be a game changer.
Netflix has just released the official trailer for the upcoming Arabic film, Perfect Strangers, starring a pan-Arab ensemble cast. The movie will premiere in more than 190 countries on Jan. 20. The plot revolves around seven friends who play a game that requires them to share every phone call and text they receive with everyone else. The game turns out to be much more than a simple friendship game.
Iraqi director Haider Rashid's drama
The world has been buzzing about Iraqi director Haider Rashid's latest drama, which explores the struggles of mixed origins. The film's major themes revolve around the clash of cultures and a man trying to figure out his place in the world. Rashid is trying to get to the crux of the matter. In a world that is rapidly changing, belonging is becoming a thing of the past, and the only way forward is to welcome the unknown.
Egyptian star Mona Zaki
Netflix's Arabic original Perfect Strangers is lining up a January 2022 release date. The movie is an adaptation of a hit Italian concept film. The project was produced by Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment. The movie stars a pan-Arab ensemble cast. Wissam Smayra will direct the film. It was also the first Arabic original movie to be released on the OTT platform.
Algerian nominee Heliopolis
A film by an Algerian director has been nominated for the Academy Awards, and it will represent the country in the competition. Heliopolis was selected for the 93rd Academy Awards, but was delayed due to a COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be screened in Algeria on November 5 at the Opera of Algiers. It stars Algerian and French actors, and it is directed by Djaafar Gacem, who has previously produced two successful TV series.
Egyptian film critics' backlash against Zaki
A lawsuit filed by an Egyptian lawyer against director Ahmed Zaki's new film 'Perfect Strangers' has sparked outrage among film fans and critics in the region. The lawyer argued that the film violates Egyptian law by promoting homosexuality and destroying traditional family values. Though homosexuality is not explicitly outlawed in Egypt, it is widely socially stigmatised and punishable under loosely worded laws. Moreover, Egyptian film critics' backlash against Zaki's 'Perfect Strangers' is a reminder of the growing demand for localized content in the country.
Source : افلام عربي