Foreign Body by Raja Amari Competes at the Muhr Feature Competition within the Dubai International Film Festival

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Making Its Arab World Premiere

Foreign Body by Raja Amari Competes at the Muhr Feature Competition within the Dubai International Film Festival


The feature film Foreign Body by director Raja Amari will be competing within the Muhr Feature competition at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December 7-14, 2016) marking its Arab world premiere with the presence of its director Raja Amari,producer Dora Bouchoucha, and actress Sarah Hannachi. This is the fourth time for the film to be part of international festivals. MAD Solutions will be handling the distribution of Foreign Body in the Arab world.

The film follows the first months in France of Samia, a young illegal immigrant who ran away from her brother. Haunted by the fear of being followed by her extremist brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed's home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for the rich widow Leila. These new meetings mingle with her headlong flight, where desire enhances tensions.

Foreign Body is written and directed by Raja Amari, and stars Palestinian eminent actress Hiam Abbass, Sarah Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche, and Majd Mastoura. The film is co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha and Dominique Besnhard, while the Arab world distribution of the film is handled by MAD Solutions.

The film's world premiere was held atthe Toronto International Film Festival, and it was also part of the Cinemania Film Festival in Canada, and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Foreign Body will be participating this month, December, in the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) in India (December 15-22).

Raja Amari is a Tunisian director known for the short One Evening in July, which won the First Prize at the Festival of African Cinema in Milan. Her award-winning films include; Satin Rouge (2002), which won the Best Feature Film Award at the Torino Film Festival, the documentary Seekers of Oblivion (2004), and the film Buried Secrets (2009) that was an official selection at the Venice International Film Festival.

DIFF is one of the most important film festivals in the Arab world. Every year, DIFF showcases over 120 features, shorts films and documentaries from around the world and hosts several world premieres, presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, and introduces audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.

Screening Times of Foreign Body at the Dubai International Film Festival (GMT+4)

Saturday, December 10, at 10:15 pm on VOX 04 Cinema at Mall of the Emirates
Monday, December 12, at 03:15 pm at VOX 03 Cinema at Mall of the Emirates