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The Woodman

Spring Grants 2019 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: POST-PRODUCTION

Koutaiba Al-Janabi / Feature Narrative / Iraq, United Kingdom, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Thriller, Road Trip, Immigration

Synopsis

A surreal feature film with a thriller theme, and a life-sized wooden dummy as the protagonist, representing the outsiders, migrants in our world. This is the reverse of the usual representation—the Woodman wants to go home, back to his forest. Three people’s paths cross; the Woodman’s, the Woman’s, and the Woodcutter’s in a transitory place and time, each longing for something lost, for love, for belonging. With limited dialogue, the story is being told from the Woodman’s perspective in the present. The Woodman is being chased by evil powers through his forest until he hides in a strange place, the Woman’s house. When she notices someone is there, she is frightened but feels sympathy towards the Woodman upon discovering him. When she leaves the house, as she too feels the invisible threat, the Woodman remains trapped, his refuge becomes his prison. The Woodcutter is the caretaker of the house. He is suspicious of the sounds coming from the house, and the strange character inside. But he is also lonely, longing for intimacy. A connection develops to the Woodman, and he ultimately helps him escape. Will the Woodman find his way home to his forest? Was this all a dream or is the story real?

Credits

Director
Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Screenwriter
Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Producer
Koutaiba Al-Janabi

About the Director

Koutaiba Al-Janabi was born in Baghdad, and studied photography and cinematography in Budapest, Hungary. He worked as a producer/director for television, as cinematographer on feature films, and he now directs and produces short films and documentaries ('The Train', 'Wasteland', 'The Ever Restless Man'). His feature film 'Leaving Baghdad', won first prize in Dubai, a British Independent Film Award, and was nominated for Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin. 'Stories of Passers Through' (2018), a feature film shot over 30 years is being shown at film festivals worldwide. 'The Woodman' is a feature film in post-production.

Production Company Profile

Real Art Pictures is an independent film production company founded in 1998 by Koutaiba Al-Janabi. The organisation has produced a number of short films and documentaries and ‘Leaving Baghdad’ (2010), Koutaiba’s debut feature as a director. The company has a growing portfolio of feature projects in development, including ‘Night Trains’ (supported by the Hubert Bals Fund), ‘Window’ (supported by the Doha Film Institute), and ’Walls without Borders’.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Koutaiba Al-Janabi

    Company: 
    Real Art Pictures
    Phone: 
    +44 795 683 1060
    Email: 
    koutaiba@hotmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Hanna Heffner

    Company: 
    Real Art Pictures Limited
    Phone: 
    +44 207 263 9872
    Email: 
    heffnerhanna@hotmail.com

  • Production Company

    Real Art Pictures Limited

    Company: 
    Real Art Pictures Limited
    Email: 
    koutaiba@hotmail.com

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