The Crown of Olives
Fall Grants 2020 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
Reem leaves her small Moroccan village where producing olive oil is their only means of making a living, to escape to Muscat to start a new life. She works as a dancer and within a few months, tired of the constant harassment from men, she leaves the job disappointed. The past haunts her with thoughts of a previous love relationship, breaking her peace of mind. She speaks to a friend and finds a job in a women’s salon as a hairdresser. At the new job, she meets Marwa, an Omani girl who has her own quest. They become good friends, and Marwa invites Reem to her house where the pair share secrets. Marwa is eager to marry her boyfriend Ismael and secretly prepares for their marriage. Marwa feels it is her only sanctuary. Reem learns about Marwa’s boyfriend Ismael, who continually finds excuses and lies to delay their wedding. Then Reem offers to put a spell on Ismael and gives Marwa a talisman on Valentine’s Day. Marwa doesn’t hesitate to accept the talisman, but it leads a fork in both of their roads which will affect them drastically.
- Muzna Almusafer
- Muzna Almusafer
- Carlo Cresto-Dina
About the Director
Muzna Almusafer's first film 'Niqab', was the winner of a student competition at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010. Her second short 'Cholo' won Best Script at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and had a special screening at the Smithsonian Institute in the National Museum of African Arts, Washington D.C, Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam, Institute de Monde Arabe in Paris, and aired in TV5 Monde, Voice of America Persia. She was a board member of the Oman Film Society and worked with Muscat International Film Festival as a deputy artistic director in 2018 and served as a jury member for Kuwait Film Festival in 2019.
Production Company Profile
Founded in 2009 by Carlo Cresto-Dina, Tempesta has quickly gained a reputation for discovering and nourishing European film talents. Based in Bologna (Italy) and London, Tempesta produced all of Alice Rohrwacher’s features and shorts including ‘Corpo Celeste’ (Cannes 2011), ‘The Wonders’, (Jury Grand Prix Cannes 2014) and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ (Best Script at Cannes 2018, and 4 nominations including Best Film at EFA 2018). Tempesta’s productions include Leonardo Di Costanzo’s ‘L’intervallo’ (Venice 2012) and ‘The Intruder’ (Quinzaine Cannes 2017), ‘Ordinary Justice’ (Berlinale 2020) plus a string of successful features by young European directors. Tempesta’s London company produced with Cowboy Films, ‘Wildfire Cathy’ Brady’s debut feature in 2019. TV projects include ‘Gaia’s Guardians’ by Tommaso Renzoni and Tommaso Triolo, and ‘Firefly’ based on Henry Porter’s “John Samson” franchise.