Emirati Film Musk Screens at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Director Humaid Alsuwaidi's Emirati film Musk will screen at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which is the regionÂ’s highest accolade in film. The awards ceremony will take place next November. The film won the Best Film award at the Al Ain Film Festival.
Established in 2007 in the City of Brisbane, Australia, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards honors filmmaking that best reflects its cultural origins and the diversity of the Asia Pacific. With films from 70 countries and areas in the region, the APSA selects the best feature-length films, animation and documentaries.
Musk recently took part in the ON.DXB Festival for film, game, video, and music, Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai, India, and the Festival International du CinĂ©ma de la DiversitĂ© Taza in Morocco. The film also screened at the Emirates Short Film Festival and the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
Musk landed its world premiere at the Festival International du Film Transsaharien de Zagora in Morocco. The film was theatrically released in three Arab countries last August. It was released in 28 theatres in its homeland, the UAE, and in two theatres in each of Kuwait and Bahrain.
After giving up a promising career in museum management to attend to his ailing father, Ahmed spends his days managing the family's dying perfume business. This sacrifice and his divorce have made him cynical about human nature and this manifests itself in his relationship with Abdulrahman, his aloof 12-year-old son. Father and son do not see eye-to-eye, and it is as though they speak in different languages. Ahmed is also rather suspicious that his free-spirited sister is back from her travels in Europe to ensure she gets a nice chunk of the inheritance. Suddenly, Ahmed's ex-wife sues to deny him visitation rights, claiming she doesn't want her son to see his grandfather dying slowly.
Directed and written by Humaid Alsuwaidi, Musk stars Mohammed Ahmed, Suhail Aljneibi, Dhaen Juma, and Manahel Alawadi. The film is distributed worldwide by MAD Solutions.
Born in Abu Dhabi, Humaid Alsuwaidi is an Emirati screenwriter, director and producer. After working in a traditional office job for a few years, he enrolled in the New York Film Academy in 2010. Upon graduation, he worked on a number of short films, both on set and in post-production. Abdullah (2015), his directorial debut, had its premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival.