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Blessed Benefit

Spring Grant 2012 - Production Stage

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


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.


Mahmoud Al Massad
Mahmoud Al Massad
Thanassis Karathanos Karathanos, Omar Massad, Dima Hamdallah, Julius Ponten
Production Company
Jo image Film Productions

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.

Awards and Festival History


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


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


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    Mahmoud Al Massad

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