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Five Films by MAD Solutions at the Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada

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Haifa Street | Between Two Seas | The Golden Harvest | Heaven Sent | Zay Ood El Kabreet

Five Films by MAD Solutions at the Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada

MAD Solutions is participating in the 8th Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada (October 23-25) with five films from its distribution list. These films are: Haifa Street by director Mohanad Hayal, Between Two Seas by director Anas Tolba, The Golden Harvest by director Aliaa Yunis, Heaven Sent by director Wissam Charaf and Zay Ood El Kabreet by director Hussein Al Imam.

In the light of the current circumstances of Coronavirus, the festival’s screenings are set to be held online with few in-venues screenings, including Zay Ood El Kabreet, which will be held online and screened at Globe Cinema venue.

About Haifa Street:
Set in Baghdad in 2006, Haifa Street is one of the most dangerous places suffering from the civil war and violence that has plagued the city. When Ahmed is dropped off there by a taxi on his way to his beloved Suad's house to ask for her hand in marriage, he gets shot by Salam, an anxious young sniper who is living his own personal hell on a rooftop above. Suad desperately tries to save Ahmed, but Salam prevents anyone from approaching him under the threat of gunfire. When her daughter Nadia elicits the help of their cunning neighbor, Dalal, all hell breaks loose under the ominous presence of the American occupation.

Reaping 8 international awards, Haifa Street is directed by Mohanad Hayal, who co-wrote it with Hala Alsalman, stars Ali Thamer, Asad Abdulmajeed, Yumna Marwan, and Iman Abdulhassan, and produced by Sumerian Dream Productions. Wide Management handles the film's worldwide distribution, while MAD Solutions handles its distribution and marketing across the Arab world.

About Between Two Seas:
While on a short visit to her home village, a small rural island near Cairo, Zahra's daughter is exposed to a tragic accident. Following this incident, Zahra persists on getting her daughter's rights and insists on not only continuing her education but also benefiting her community. The film sheds light on different societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.

Directed by Anas Tolba and written by Mariam Naoum, based on a script by Amany El Tounsy and Karim El Dalil, Between Two Seas stars Fatma Adel, Yara Goubran, Tharaa Goubail, Mahmoud Fares, Arfa Abdel Rassoul, and Lobna Wanas. The film is produced by Axeer and executive produced by Abdelrahman Al Garwani. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution and promotion in the Arab world.

About The Golden Harvest:
Written and directed by Alia Yunis, The Golden Harvest follows a 6,000-year-old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between olive oil and the people of the Mediterranean, including her own father. Her journey of food, love and heartache takes her to unexpected places as diverse characters get involved in unraveling this tale. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

About Heaven Sent:
Heaven Sent had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, within the Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion (ACID) and screened at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). After 20 years apart, Samir a former militiaman who was presumed dead reappears in the life of Omar, his little brother who has become a bodyguard in Beirut. Between drama and comedy, Samir has to come to terms with a country he no longer recognizes.

Scripted by Mariette Désert and the film's director Wissam Charaf, Heaven Sent stars Raed Yassin, Said Serhan, Yumna Marwan, Rodrigue Sleiman and George Melki. The film is a Lebanese-French co-production through Aurora Films and Né à Beyrouth and is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

About Zay Ood El Kabreet:
Zay Ood El Kabreet is a comedic tale invented by the late filmmaker to pay tribute to the superstars of the Egyptian cinema's Golden Era. The plot combines scenes starring 21 actors from the age of black and white films with other scenes written by and starring Al Imam. The end product leads to the rediscovery of golden age actors in a new context.

Along with Hussein Al Imam, the film stars Sahar Ramy, Khaled Mahrous, Zakaria Amer, and singer Randa El-Sobky. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution services.