Following Its Success in Jordanian Theaters
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul Releases at the Metropolis Cinema in Lebanon
Continuing its successful tour across the Arab world's theaters, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul has been released at the Metropolis Empire Sofil Cinema in Lebanon since Thursday, October 18 until the end of the month. The film will be screened daily to October 31 at 04:00 pm.
This comes a few days after its release in Jordanian theaters that witnessed a huge crowd. The film is set to release in other Arab countries soon.
Recently, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul took part in the 8th Malm√∂ Arab Film Festival in Sweden, Arab Film Festival-Amman, Arab Film Festival in Korea and the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia. The film was also screened at the European Film Market (EFM), held as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden, and LET'S CEE Film Festival in Vienna. Most recently, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul screened at the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival (SICFF)in the UAE on October 17, 2018.
The film won several awards, including the Audience Award at the Antalya Film Festival in Turkey, where it made its world premiere, the Best Feature and Best Actress awards at the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) in Ireland, and the Best Feature Film and Best Editing awards in the National Feature Films Competition of the International Bosphorus Film Festival.
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their escape from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem's hope is to reach Europe.
Written and directed by Turkish director Anda√ß Haznederoğlu, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul stars Saba Mubarak and child Rawan Skeif, alongside a number of real Syrian refugees who are acting for the first time. The film is a co-production between the Turkish companies; Anda√ß Film Productions, Istanbul Digital (ID) and Istanbul Film Production (IFP); and the Jordanian company Pan East Media. The film project received financial support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.