release date September 29 2020
MAD Solutions Sends Four Films at Malmo Arab Film Festival
MAD Solutions will boast four films from its distribution list at the 10th Malmo Arab Film Festival (October 8-10) in Sweden. These films are; Between Heaven and Earth by Najwa Najjar, Haifa Street by Mohanad Hayal, and the two short films Give up the Ghost by Zain Duraie and Barakat by Manon Nammour.

One of the most significant film festivals in Europe, Malmo Arab Film Festival is a platform that exposures the Arab culture in the Nordic countries. Featuring around 75 films within its official competition, the festival’s particolored programs offers special events, including a panorama dedicated for films made by women and another for films within Skåne region. Moreover, Malmo Arab Film Festival organizes workshops and seminars that focus on the film industry affairs and serves as a meeting point for like-minded Sweden and Arab audiences, as well as filmmakers, critics and superstars.

About Between Heaven and Earth:

Based on a true story, the film follows a thirty-something couple, Salma and Tamer, who have been married for the past five years, and living in the Palestinian Territory. The first time Tamer is ever given a three-day permit to cross the Israeli checkpoint, is to file for divorce in the courts in Nazareth. At the courthouse, they are confronted with a staggering discovery, a secret which sends Salma and Tamer spinning on a road trip exploring the loss and betrayal of the past, and of themselves.

Written and directed by Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar, the film won the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where it landed its world premiere and screened in the Official Competition, earning wide audience and critical acclaim due to its high artistic quality. The film has also screened within the European Film Market at Berlin International Film Festival. MAD Solutions handles the film's Arab world distribution.

About Haifa Street:

Set in Baghdad in 2006, Haifa Street is one of the most dangerous places suffering from the civil war and violence that has plagued the city. When Ahmed is dropped off there by a taxi on his way to his beloved Suad's house to ask for her hand in marriage, he gets shot by Salam, an anxious young sniper who is living his own personal hell on a rooftop above. Suad desperately tries to save Ahmed, but Salam prevents anyone from approaching him under the threat of gunfire. When her daughter Nadia elicits the help of their cunning neighbor, Dalal, all hell breaks loose under the ominous presence of the American occupation.

Reaping 8 international awards, Haifa Street is directed by Mohanad Hayal, who co-wrote it with Hala Alsalman, stars Asad Abdulmajeed, Ali Thamer, Yumna Marwan, and Iman Abdulhassan, and produced by Sumerian Dream Productions. Wide Management handles the film's worldwide distribution, while MAD Solutions handles its distribution and marketing across the Arab world.

About Give up the Ghost:

Give up the Ghost tells the story of Salam whose dreams of becoming a mother shatters when she finds out that she is unable to have children with her husband.

The film has won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest, El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film and the Jury Award at the Indian World Film Festival. Written and directed by Zain Duraie and produced by Tabi360 (Alaa Alasad), the film brings together Maria Zurek and Zaid Bakri in the leading roles and is shot by DOP Benoit Chamaillard. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world.

About Barakat:

People hold the memory of their cities, and vice versa. After-war, modern Beirut and its people have lost their anchors towards a memoryless relationship. Vacant luxury stores and overpriced unoccupied apartments have made the rebuilt city a costly monument of vanity, commodified heritage, and social-delusion.

Written and directed by Manon Nammour, Barakat stars Mounir Maasri, Rudy Ghafari and Camile Salame. The film also took part in many international festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, and International Short Film Festival of Cyprus. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution in the Arab world.