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Spring Grant 2012 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Mahmoud Al Massad / Feature Narrative / Jordan, Netherlands, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Qatar / 2016 / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Dark Comedy

Synopsis

Ahmad, a construction worker, gets tangled up in an unfortunate business deal that lands him in prison. He meets Ibrahim, a fraudster who ruins his last hope of proving his innocence. Ahmad is awakened by the realisation that the life he has in prison might be better than the one he has on the outside.

Credits

Director
Mahmoud Al Massad
Screenwriter
Mahmoud Al Massad
Producer
Thanassis Karathanos Karathanos, Omar Massad, Dima Hamdallah, Julius Ponten

About the Director

Jordanian filmmaker Mahmoud Al Massad has received international critical acclaim for his documentaries ‘Shatter Hassan’ (2001), ‘Recycle’ (2007) and ‘This Is My Picture When I Was Dead’ (2010), while reaching large audiences in the West, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. ‘Recycle’ received the World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance in 2008 and screened at more than 70 international film festivals. It was theatrically released in several European countries and sold to ITVS Independent Lens (USA). The script for 'Blessed Benefit' won the Abu Dhabi Shasha Grant, the Arte Cinema Award and the Global Film Initiative Award, and was part of L’ Atelier at the Festival de Cannes in 2012.

Production Company Profile

Jo Image is an independent production company established in 2004, and is one of the leading production companies based in Amman. The company was created and is run by producer Omar Massad, the brother of award-winning filmmaker Mahmoud Al Massad. Jo Images produces and coproduces international projects, which reach large audiences in the Western world, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. ‘Recycle’ (2007) and ‘This Is My Picture When I Was Dead’ (2010), both directed by Al Massad, were internationally financed and received support from the Sundance Documentary Institute. ‘Recycle’ was awarded the World Cinema Cinematography award at Sundance in 2008 and screened at more than 70 international film festivals. It was theatrically released in several European countries and sold to ITVS Independent Lens (USA).

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Cannes Film Festival 2012, L'Atelier Programme (France)

Awards

Received the Shasha Script Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Commission 2011
Received Best Pitching Project ARTE 2011
Received the Global Film Initiative Award 2012

Contacts

  • Director

    Mahmoud Al Massad

    Company: 
    jo image
    Phone: 
    +962 795 907 627
    Email: 
    almassad@me.com

  • Production Company

    Jo image Film Productions

    Company: 
    jo image
    Phone: 
    +962 795 907 627
    Email: 
    almassad@me.com

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