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The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul Wins Best Artistic Production at Malmo Arab Film Festival

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The Film's Sixth Win at International Film Festivals

The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul Wins Best Artistic Production at Malmo Arab Film Festival


The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul by director Anda├ž Haznederoğlu, and starring Saba Mubarak,won the Best Artistic Production Award at the Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden. Marking the film's sixth win at international film festivals, the award was received by the film's director.

Standing as a unique platform for the Nordic and Arab film industries, MAFF aims to screen films from different Arab countries for the foreign communities residing in Sweden that include almost 175 nationalities. The festival attracts thousands of filmmakers annually, including directors, actors, producers, and film enthusiasts from around the world.

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├ž 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├ž 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.

Recently, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul closed the 8th Arab Film Festival-Amman. The film also took part in the Arab Film Festival in Korea and the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia. The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul won 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, as well as the Best Feature Film and Best Editing awards in the National Feature Films Competition of the International Bosphorus Film Festival. The film was screened at the European Film Market (EFM), held as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden and the LET'S CEE Film Festival in Vienna.