Iraq's Official Submission to the 2019 Academy Awards
The Journey Releases at the Metropolis Cinema in Lebanon for One Week
Director Mohamed Al Daradji's film The Journey will be released in Lebanese theaters for the first time starting Thursday, October 4. The film will be screened at the Metropolis Empire Sofil Cinema in Beirut for one week. The Journey's release in Lebanon comes a few days after Iraq's Ministry of Culture selected it to be its official submission to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
A few days ago, MAD Solutions, the film's distributor, released a new trailer for the film. The film is set to release in more Arab countries soon. The Journey took part in several international film festivals winning a total of six awards, in addition to receiving positive reviews and critical and audience acclaim.
Most recently, The Journey received a Special Mention at the Oran Arabic International Film Festival in Algeria, and before that, it landed its Jordanian premiere at the 24th Franco Arab Film Festival. The film won the Jury Award and Best Actress Award at the Muscat International Film Festival, in addition to the Special Jury Award at its Egyptian premiere at the Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival, and the Grand Prize of the Arab World Institute to director Mohamed Al Daradji and Best Actress Award to Zahraa Ghandour at the Festival des Cin√©mas Arabes √† Paris in France.
Set in Baghdad in 2006. As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
The Journey screened at more than 10 international festivals all over the world. It landed its Arab world premiere at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), within the Muhr Feature competition, competed in the official competitions of the BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival and made its US premiere at the Miami Film Festival. The Journey also screened at the Cairo Cinema Days in Egypt.
Directed by Mohamed Al Daradji, who co-wrote the film with Isabelle Stead, The Journey stars Zahraa Ghandour and Ameer Jbara. The film is produced by Human Film, Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC), in cooperation with Lionceau Films, Iraq Al-Rafidain and Iraqi Media Network. The Journey received grants from the Doha Film Institute, AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, World Cinema Fund (WCF), the Centre National du Cin√©ma et de l'image Anim√©e (CNC) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Institut Fran√ßais, Netherlands Film Fund, SANAD Development Fund (Abu Dhabi Film Festival) and Screen Yorkshire. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.