release date November 01 2017
Three MAD Solutions' Films Available on Telly Starting Today
Three films distributed by MAD Solutions are available on the VOD platform Telly, starting today. Two of the MAD films will be exclusively available at Telly; the Oscar nominated film for the Best Live Action Short Film AVE MARIA and the documentary Beirut of the Balkans, alongside the Oscar nominated film for the Best Foreign Language Film Theeb.

Telly is a VOD platform that screens a number of distinctive choices of the films and TV series from the Arab world and Hollywood in HD, with Arabic subtitles, AirPlay and Chromecast compatibility and other features with a monthly subscription fees.

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AVE MARIA is a 14-minute comedy that tells the story of an order of Palestinian nuns living in the middle of the West Bank wilderness. Their daily routine of silence and prayer is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers breaks down right outside their convent, just as the Sabbath is beginning. The family need to get home but can't operate the phone, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence.

The film gathered 25 awards from more than 130 world festivals, in addition to the Oscar's nomination for Live Action Short Film in 2016. With its theatrical release in over 400 screen in the USA and Europe part of the 2016 Oscar nominated short films program, Basil Khalil's Palestinian short film AVE MARIA generated more than $2.8 million in revenues from the USA alone.

Beirut of the Balkans
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Director Nicolas Khoury's documentary revolves around an amazing discovery that will determine Ahmad to take a difficult and important decision, which will change the course of his life and the life of his family. In the same time this decision will create an exceptional portrayal of Beirut today and give Ahmad the opportunity to enter again the world of the old Beirut (before 1975 war) this city that he always dreams to visit.

Beirut of the Balkans landed its world premiere at the Les Ecrans du Réel, Beirut in 2015 and took part in the Oran Arab Film Festival. The film received grants from the Doha Film Institute (Fall Grant 2013) and the Screen Institute Beirut.


Theeb is Jordanian director/writer Naji Abu Nowar's first feature film which he co-scripted with Bassel Ghandour. Set in the Arabian Desert of 1916, the film follows Theeb, a young Bedouin boy, and his brother Hussein as they leave the safety of their tribe to venture on a treacherous journey at the dawn of the Great Revolt. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal.
Since its world premiere in 2014, the film has been screened in over 25 countries and won 18 film awards, including the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, and 3 awards at the 12th Trans-Saharan International Film festival in Zegura (Morocco). Ahead of Theeb's Oscar®-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Abu Nowar has been added to the list of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was also named 2014 Filmmaker of the Year by Variety magazine.