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Amir El-Masry cast in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series

Another cast member joined Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the upcoming Amazon series based on Clancy’s central hero from many of his political/espionage novels, with Amir El-Masry (The Night Manager) signing on for a villain role.

El-Masry will portray Ibrahim, the right-hand man to Ali Suliman’s Islamic terrorist Suleiman. He is described as “the most trusted member of Suleiman’s sect, though softer and more cerebral than his cohorts”.

Jack Ryan stars The Office‘s John Krasinski as the title character just as he’s joined the CIA as an analyst. The series will see him uncover a pattern in terrorist communications that puts him at the centre of a terrorist plot that could destabilize the entire world. Jack Ryan comes from Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Fringe‘s Graham Roland. Roland wrote the pilot based on a story he and Cuse developed and both will act as executive producers.
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Amir El-Masry Joins ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’; Jimmy Jean-Louis Recurs On ‘Claws’

Amir El-Masry (The Night Manager) has booked a supporting role in Amazon's upcoming original series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. John Krasinski plays Jack Ryan, who uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. El-Masry will play Ibrahim, the most trusted member of Suleiman's (Ali Suliman) sect, though softer and more cerebral than his cohorts…
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Amir El-Masry Joins ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’; Jimmy Jean-Louis Recurs On ‘Claws’

Amir El-Masry (The Night Manager) has booked a supporting role in Amazon's upcoming original series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. John Krasinski plays Jack Ryan, who uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. El-Masry will play Ibrahim, the most trusted member of Suleiman's (Ali Suliman) sect, though softer and more cerebral than his cohorts…
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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Taps Passengers Director Morten Tyldum To Helm Pilot Episode

Deadline is reporting that Amazon's upcoming spy drama Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, which has been ordered straight-to-series, has enlisted Academy Award-nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game; Passengers) to helm the series' pilot episode.  John Krasinski (The Hollars) will headline the series, which follows Clancy's beloved hero at an early stage in his career when he's an up-and-coming analyst at the CIA, who then finds himself thrust into a deadly field assignment for the very first time. We'll join Ryan as he begins to uncover a secret pattern in terrorist communication that puts him right smack dab in the center of a very real and very dangerous new global threat. Krasinski will be joined by Abbie Cornish (Geostorm) as Ryan's future lady love Cathy Muller, Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple) as James Greer, Dina Shihabi (Amira & Sam) as Hani, and Ali Suliman (Lone Survivor) as Suleiman. In addition to Tyldum,
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‘Jack Ryan’: Wendell Pierce, Dina Shihabi & Ali Suliman Cast In Amazon Series

Wendell Pierce, Dina Shihabi and up-and-comer Ali Suliman have been cast opposite John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish in Amazon's straight-to-series drama Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, from the Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV. Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero. It centers on Jack Ryan (Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst…
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Sunrise wins Iwc Filmmaker Award

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UAE filmmaker Abdullah Hassan Ahmed’s Sunrise scooped the $100,000 Iwc Filmmaker Award at Diff last night.

The script follows a father who receives tragic news about his son, fighting in a distant war, and is unsure how to break the news to his pregnant wife.

Khalid Al Mahmood will produce the project through UAE-based Faradees Production. The script has already received support from the UAE’s Ministry of Interior, which awarded it with the $100,000 Best Societal Screenplay prize at last year’s Diff.

Ahmed was presented with the Iwc Filmmaker Award at a ceremony at the One & Only Mirage in Dubai last night. Palestinian actor Ali Suliman headed the jury, which also included Iwc CEO Georges Kern, Diff artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali and Diff chairman Abdulhamid Juma.
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AFM: Im Global Boards Ali Mostafa’s Thriller ‘The Worthy’

AFM: Im Global Boards Ali Mostafa’s Thriller ‘The Worthy’
Im Global and Cinetic Media have come on board Ali Mostafa’s dystopian thriller “The Worthy” and will handle international sales at the American Film Market.

The film, which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival last month, is produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Im Global will handle sales through its Anthem label.

In addition, director Ali Mostafa has signed with UTA for representation.

The Worthy” is set in a world in chaos after the vast majority of the world’s water supply is lethally contaminated. A small group of survivors who have taken refuge near a rare clean water source are thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse from infiltrators who aren’t what they seem.

The film stars Samer Al Masri (“Bab Al Hara”), Ali Suliman (“Zinzana”) and Maisa Abd Elhadi (3000 Nights). The film is produced by Rami Yasin along with Hollywood veterans Peter Safran (“The Conjuring,
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Afm: Im Global to launch sales on 'The Worthy'

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Im Global’s Anthem label is handling international sales excluding the Middle East at Afm on Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s Arabic action thriller and recent BFI London Film Festival selection.

Cinetic Media has come on board to represents North American rights.

The Worthy is set in a dystopian future where the majority of the world’s water supply is contaminated and a small group of survivors near a rare clean water source must defend their lives from infiltrators.

The ensemble cast of Arabic talent includes Samr Al Masri, Ali Suliman and Maisa Abd Elhadi.

Rami Yasin produced with Peter Safran and Steven Schneider.

Meanwhile director Ali F Mostafa has signed with UTA for Us representation.

Image Nation and Im Global are partnering on contemporary thriller The Circle starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, due for release in the Us next April via EuropaCorp.

Image Nation recently added three Emirati productions to its slate including the feel-good
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Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights to Image Nation’s ‘Rattle the Cage’

London — Netflix has acquired worldwide streaming rights to Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s recent Emirati feature film “Rattle the Cage” (Zinzana).

Studiocanal has also picked up theatrical distribution rights to the film for Germany and the U.K. Vox will release the film theatrically in the Middle East.

Im Global handled international sales rights (excluding Germany, the U.K. and the Middle East) on the deal via its foreign-language label Im Global Anthem on behalf of the filmmakers; and Cinetic Media oversaw U.S. sales rights.

The psychological thriller, which marks the feature directorial debut of Emirati filmmaker Majid Al Ansari, had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas last September and its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

The film stars Ali Suliman (“Paradise Now”) and Saleh Bakri (“Salvo,” “The Time Remains”), and follows the story of a man trapped in a prison
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Lff 2015: ‘Rattle the Cage’ is a tightly wound thriller that almost falls apart in its final moments

Rattle the Cage

Written by: Majid Alansari, Nidal Morra and Rami Yasin

Directed by: Majid Al Ansari

United Arab Emirates, 2015

One often wonders what they would be capable of if their life depended on it. Would you take charge, delegate responsibility but do your part, or would you completely break down and cower in the corner? Would you be able to think clearly enough to find a solution to the problem or would your emotions be too overpowering? These are questions that ran through the mind when watching the superbly paced and tense thriller Rattle the Cage. Set entirely in the jail of a local sheriff’s station, the film capitalises on the claustrophobic location to ratchet up the tension almost to a boiling point. There is almost something scientific about the way every character’s action has an equal and opposite reaction as director and co-writer Majid Al Ansari
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Film Review: ‘Rattle the Cage’

Reportedly the first genre movie of its sort ever produced in the United Arab Emirates, “Rattle the Cage” is a world-class thriller. Recalling — but, to its considerable credit, not slavishly imitating — neo-noirs of the 1980s (a decade in which, for practical as well as reverential reasons, the story is set) and such classic down-and-dirty noirs as “D.O.A.” and “Detour,” pic should travel far and wide on the global fest circuit. It could also play respectably on a variety of international platforms with the aid of smart marketing. And yes, to answer the obvious question, this is low-hanging-fruit ripe for an Americanized remake.

Working from a watertight scenario by the husband-and-wife team of Lane and Ruckus Skye, first-time feature director Majid Al Ansari wastes little time before he starts tightening the screws and amping the suspense during the opening scenes. Talal (Saleh Bakri), a recovering alcoholic, wakes up after what may — but,
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Adopt Films acquires 'The Idol'

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Adopt Films acquires 'The Idol'
Seville International has found a Us home for Hany Abu-Assad’s acclaimed recent Toronto world premiere and closed a raft of new sales

Rights also went in Toronto to Italy (Adler Entertainment), Poland (Monolith Films), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Denmark (Angel Films), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment).

The Idol is based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf, a young boy who broke free from his home in Gaza and made it to the Cairo auditions for Arab Idol 2013

Seville International handles international rights outside the Middle East. Mbc co-produces and handles the film’s release in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm.

Anick Poirier and her team previously closed deals in France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select Co. Ltd), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella) and Latin America (California Filmes).

Rights have also gone to South Africa (Times Media), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India
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Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Sells to Adopt Films for U.S.

Following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Entertainment One’s Seville International has sold U.S. rights on Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Idol” to Adopt Films.

The movie is based on the story of Mohammad Assaf, the 2013 winner of “Arab Idol,” who managed to leave Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of the most popular talent show in the region.

The movie stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman.

The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab are producing.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

The film was partially filmed on location in Gaza, the first feature film to be shot there in decades. Other shooting locations included Jenin,
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Trailer for Tarantino-esque psychological thriller ‘Zinzana’

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has released the first trailer for Majid Al Ansari’s eagerly awaited psychological thriller Zinzana. Also known as The Rattle Cage, the film has been described as a Tarantino-esque psychological thriller set in a prison and revolves around a man trapped in a jail cell with no ID and no memory of what happened the night before. When he wakes up he is forced to play a sadistic game with a madman who takes over the penitentiary. The film is set to make its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, though a definite release date is yet to be confirmed. It made our list of most anticipated films for the festival and hopefully we will have a review within the next week. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Talal (Saleh Bakri) has just woken up in a police cell, feeling like hell.
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Watch: Violent and Vicious 'Rattle The Cage' Trailer Will Leave You Shaking

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Watch: Violent and Vicious 'Rattle The Cage' Trailer Will Leave You Shaking
Read More: Fantastic Fest Announces First Wave of Programming Picks: 'Bone Tomahawk' World Premiere to Close Festival The United Arab Emirates has not been the most cinematically fruitful region up until now, but it looks like that's all about to change given the explosive new trailer for Majid Al-Ansari's directorial debut, "Rattle The Cage." Also called "Zinzana," the psychological thriller tells the story of a falsely accused prisoner and the psychopathic man who keeps him locked up. The superbly edited trailer gives off a strong Tarantino vibe, promising visual intensity, hyper-stylized violence and heaps of black humor. From this early look, "Rattle The Cage" seems to feature two knockout performances facing off in a battle of malice and mind games. Saleh Bakri ("The Time That Remains") stars as Talal, the desperate inmate trying to save his family's life, opposite Ali Suliman ("Paradise Lost"), who plays the...
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Zinzana (Rattle The Cage) Trailer is Malicious Fun

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest 2015 World Premiere Preview post, I'm eager to see Zinzana (Rattle The Cage), among other films. The feature gives off a decidedly Tarantino-esque vibe full of malice, violence, and black humor. The terrific trailer boasts awesome sound design and great editing; watch it below. What do you think? Here's the official synopsis:  Talal (Saleh Bakri) has just woken up in a police cell, feeling like hell. He has no memory of the night before, no memory of how he ended up locked up, and no ID to prove who he is. His desperate situation gets a lot worse with the arrival of Al Daban (Ali Suliman) posing as a police officer from a neighbouring town who has discovered Talal's wallet with...

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Toronto: Image Nation Boards Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’

Toronto: Image Nation Boards Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has come on-board Oscar-nommed Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Idol” about Palestinian pop singer Mohammed Assaf who went from being a kid in a refugee camp in Gaza to winning the second season of “Arab Idol” in 2013 and thereafter was named a goodwill ambassador for peace by the United Nations.

“The Idol,” which will have it world preem on September 11 in Toronto as a Special Presentation, stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman. The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

The film was produced by Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab. Seville’s Anick Poirier is an executive producer. Cactus World Films’ Maya Sanbar and Sawsan Asfari
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Toronto Festival: Films Making Waves With Buyers

Toronto Festival: Films Making Waves With Buyers
A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.

Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere

Baskin

Director: Can Evrenol

Cast: Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak

Producers: Can Evrenol, Serhat Cinisli, Mehmet Cemal Toz

Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.

Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)

Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere

Born to Dance

Director: Tammy Davis

Producers: Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders,

Daniel Story

Cast: Tai Maipi,

Stan Walker

Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.

Sales: Cmg (international)

Colonia

Director:

Florian Gallenberger

Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Nicolas Steil Cast: Emma Watson,

Daniel Bruehl

Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.

Sales: Beta Cinema

(international); UTA (U.
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Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Sees Strong Sales Ahead of Toronto Premiere

Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Sees Strong Sales Ahead of Toronto Premiere
Seville International has sold Hany Abu-Assad’s singing drama “The Idol” in more than 20 markets ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie is based on the story of Mohammad Assaf, the 2013 winner of “Arab Idol,” who managed to leave Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of the most popular talent show in the region.

The movie stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman.

The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab are producing.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

Sales include France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), South Africa (Times Media
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Seville inks deals on Hany Abu Assad’s 'The Idol'

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Seville inks deals on Hany Abu Assad’s 'The Idol'
eOne’s art-house sales arm Seville International has secured several deals on Hany Abu-Assad’s Toronto-bound The Idol.

The film, about the 2013 Palestinian winner of Arab Idol, stars Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum, Ali Suliman Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka.

Sales include France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), South Africa (Times Media), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (Red Pictures), Taiwan (Spring International), Former Yugoslavia (Discovery Films), Romania (Independenta), South Korea (Kaon Contents & Media) and Airlines (Captive).

eOne will directly release the film in Spain.

Co-producers Mbc will handle the Middle East and North Africa release through its 03 production arm.

The Idol is written by Assad with Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab produce.

The film is produced in association with the Doha Film institute and the
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