The Beach House

Roy Dib

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The Cell

Tareq El Iryan

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The Flower Of Aleppo

Ridha Behi

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The Journey

Al Rahal

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The Last of Us

Ala Eddine Slim

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The Originals

Marwan Hamed

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The Traveller

Hadi Ghandour

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The Worthy

Ali F. Mostafa

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Tombé Du Ciel

Wissam Charaf

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The Kanoo Group’s parent company, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo is one of the largest, independent, family-owned groups of companies with diversified business industries from shipping, travel, machinery, logistics, property, oil & gas, power industrial chemicals, joint ventures, among others. Founded in 1890 by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, the family business grew from its early trading and shipping enterprise into becoming one of the highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and beyond. From Bahrain, the company spread in Saudi Arabia in 1930s. In 1967, Hamed Kanoo came from Saudi Arabia to the UAE to propagate the family business. He established The Kanoo Group as a trusted name in the UAE from a humble start of 5 people including him.

Presently, The Kanoo Group operates extensively through various divisions, with over 1,200 people working for the group and its joint ventures. Mishal Kanoo serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group based in UAE & Oman.

Our Vision
The Leading Family Business In The Region And Beyond

Our Mission
Delivering Sustainable Excellence

Our Values
Customer Focused, Ethical, Innovative, Agile, Competent & Intelligent, Collaborative, Accountable
P.O. Box 290, Dubai, UAE. Toll Free: 800 KANOO, Fax: 04-3933636,
Websites: www.kanoo.com            www.kanoogroup.com

MISSION & VISION

We aspire to build a diversified group of companies that transcend geographic and cultural borders, while striving for inclusive leadership, global competitiveness and sustainable value for all of our stakeholders.

Actively supporting operations across strategic sectors.

Crescent Enterprises, one of the UAE’s most prominent multinational companies, has succeeded in growing a diverse, global range of sustainable, scalable and profitable operating firms. Through its 20 subsidiaries and affiliates, Crescent Enterprises employs over 5,000 dedicated professionals and operates across five continents.

Website: www.crescententerprises.com      

Fully owned by the Mawarid Group, the Orbit Group is a diversified media and communications company with investments in operations across sectors along the entire value chain.

Loyal to its mission to “provide services to every home and business in the Arab world”, the Orbit Group is committed to realise its vision to “create, manage and deliver content in all forms”.

Orbit Group’s current investments include OSN, Media Gates and Orbit Data Systems. Among others, Orbit is affiliated with Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), a leading Saudi based telecom provider.

Website: www.orbit.net

International Film Distribution or IFD is a Kuwait based distribution company specializing in Middle East and North Africa distribution with a catalogue of award-winning feature films. IFD arose out of KNCC’s acquisition and distribution department to become it’s own entity.

Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC), Cinescape, was founded in October 5th 1954, and for more than half a century, has been the first exhibitor and distributor in the Gulf Region for Arabic, English, and Indian films. With more than 53 screens across more than 11 locations, KNCC became the Pioneer of the regions cinema industry and the prominent actor of the entertainment landscape in the State of Kuwait. KNCC began in film acquisition and distribution very early on and in 2007 established IFD – International Film Distribution Co. to carry on its legacy.

In 2005, KNCC (now IFD) joined alliances with Front Row Filmed Entertainment, an established Film Distributor in the region which throughout the years, has proved to be one of the strongest Distribution companies in the Middle East to be affiliated with major Independent studios

In 2007, IFD was established as a separate entity that focuses solely on acquisitions and distribution, however it still stays a prominent part of KNCC. IFD has built a fast growing brand at many worldwide markets and film festivals including Cannes, EFM/ Berlinale, AFM, and The Dubai Film Festival. IFD are proud to be partners with Front Row Filmed Entertainment, a prominent Film distribution company based in Dubai.

Website: www.ifd.com.kw      

The Beach House

Roy Dib

Original title: Bayt al baher

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2016

Duration: 75 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

The Beach House is a film about four people from an Arab generation roaming over the ruins of ideologies, causes and virtues of their predecessors. It portrays their intellectual and emotional nonchalance about what is happening around them in their daily lives and relationships. In a house whose architecture is a sixties’ experiment in mixing modern and Islamic architecture, a stone and concrete cube suspended over a rocky shore bashed by the waves of the Mediterranean, by famed Iraqi architect Refaat Chaderji, we spend a night with four characters whose non-stop conversations and peculiar actions reflect the void and chaos they are living in.

Credits

Production: Aya al Blouchi, Roy Dib
Cast: Julien Farhat, Nesrine Khodr, Rodrigue Sleiman, Sandy Chamoun
Screenplay: Raafat Majzoub, Roy Dib
Cinematography: Karim Ghorayeb
Sound: Rana Eid

Set Design
Nadine Ghanem

Editing
Maria Malek

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/182870281

The Cell

Tareq El Iryan

Original title: Al Khaliyyah

Country: Egypt

Year: 2017

Duration: 210 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action

Synopsis

An imprudent Special Operations Officer with an insatiable penchant for justice crosses paths with a jihadi extremist: an encounter that sparks the film’s enthralling events in a suspense, slam-bang actioner with a dash of comedy.

Credits

Production: Tareq el Iryan, Moussa Issa & Ibrahim Ishak
Cast: Amina Khalil, Ahmed Ezz, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Samer El Masri, Aicha Ben Ahmed Mohamed Mamdouh, Ahmed Safwat
Screenplay: Salah El Gehiny
Cinematography: Mazen Al Motagawel
Sound: Hisham El Manestrly
Set Design: Mohamed Sakr
Editing: Ahmed Hamdy
Music: Sary Hany & Hudz

Thenical Details

Color: color

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WVQ4H8LLSM

The Flower Of Aleppo

Ridha Behi

Original title: Zahrat Halab

Country: Tunisia

Year: 2016

Duration: 100 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: War, Drama, Action

Synopsis

As if enduring the harsh and oppressive life facing all Tunisian women wasn’t overwhelming enough, the shattering of Salma’s marriage into divorce weighs on her like the death of hope resurrected with the fall of the Arab Spring. Forever giving and self-sacrificing, she’s struggling to hold on to what remains of her broken family in the only way she knows how, by burying herself in her work as a paramedic and escaping into other people’s tragedy and pain. Mourad, Salma’s teenage son, has become all but consumed by feelings of helplessness, confusion, and abandonment as his family disintegrates. He so desperately needs to belong to someone. Or something. So much so, when the spawns of the dark force known as ISIS ensnare him into their jihadi brotherhood like some wild hoard of hungry beasts catching scent of a wounded prey, they only need lure him in with promises of eternal friendship and the power to change his crumbling world. Now alone, Salma must summon all the strength and courage she has left in order to save her son from a fate worse than death. She sets off on a hazardous journey into the very heart of darkness itself, ISIS’ stronghold in the war-ravaged inferno known as the Syrian city of Aleppo, where they’ve taken her beloved Mourad for indoctrination into their cult of psychopathic fundamentalism and training in their bloodthirsty methods of persuasion

 

Credits

Production: Ziad Hamzeh, Dimitri Khodr, Sadek Sabbah, Hend Sabry
Cast: Hend Sabri, Badis Behi, Hichem Rostom
Screenplay: Ridha Behi
Cinematography: Mohamad Maghraoui
Sound: Fawzi Thabet
Set Design: Taoufik Behi
Editing: Kahena Attia, Reynold Bertrand
Music: Omar Aloulou / Costume Design – Anissa Mehrezi / Make-up and Hairdresser – Hagar Bou Haouala

Thenical Details

Color: color

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/177070986

The Journey

Al Rahal

Original title: Al Rahal

Country: Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar

Year: 2017

Duration: 82 min

Original Version: Arabic, English

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Sara enters Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. With Salam now hostage to Sara’s confused and deluded plan, he battles desperately to appeal to her humanity and sway her decision. In a moment of consideration and with her convictions crumbling before her, Sara is given the opportunity to witness the life and innocence she was so willing to destroy. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?

Credits

Production: Mohamed al Daradji & Isabelle Stead
Cast: Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Jabarah
Screenplay: Mohamed Al Daradji, Isabelle Stead
Cinematography: Duraid Munajim
Sound: Laurent Chassaigne
Editing: Mohamed Al Daradji, Pascale Chavance
Music: Fabien Kourtzer, Mike Kourtzer

Thenical Details

Color: color

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJil1Z4StT8

The Last of Us

Ala Eddine Slim

Original title: Akher Wahed Fina

Country: Tunisia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

Year: 2016

Duration: 95 min

Original Version: No dialogue

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

N is coming from the desert to reach the north of Africa and make an illegal crossing to Europe. Alone in Tunisia, he decides to cross the solitary sea. He steals a boat and begins his journey, but it soon sinks into the water. From that moment, N embarks in a special and unique voyage: he discovers different and infinite spaces, makes intense and fleeting encounters, and meets another altered image of himself.

Credits

Cast: Jawaher Soudani, Fathi Akkari
Screenplay: Ala Eddine Slim
Cinematography: Amine Al Massadi
Sound: Moncef Taleb
Set Design: Malek Gnaoui
Editing: Ala Eddine Slim
Music: Tarek Louati

Thenical Details

Aspect Ratio: 1.85
Color: Color

Awards

Lion of the Future – Venice IF Critics’ Week
Tunisian submission for the Academy Awards

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYGU1DU8TTg

The Originals

Marwan Hamed

Original title: Al Asleyeen

Country: Egypt

Year: 2017

Duration: 125 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama

Synopsis

Samir is a father who takes care of his family by working in a bank. When they start firing people, he loses his job and tries to find a new one. One day, he finds his bank account with zero balance, which was caused by debts that go way back. Later, he finds a box outside his doorstep, in the box he finds a phone that is unlocked by his fingerprint. After unlocking the phone, he finds footage of his past in it, before receiving a phone call that will change his life forever.

Credits

Production: Safei Eldin Mahmoud, New Century
Cast: Menna Shalaby, Maged El Kedwany, Khaled El Sawy, Kenda Alloush, Mohamed Mamdouh
Screenplay: Ahmed Morad
Cinematography: Ahmed El Morsy
Sound: Hassan Abo Gabal
Set Design: Mohamed Attia
Editing: Ahmed Hafez
Music: Hesham Nazih

Thenical Details

Color: color

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6NM0r1JYeU

The Traveller

Hadi Ghandour

Original title: Al moussafir

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2016

Duration: 100 min

Original Version: French, Arabic

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Adnan, a travel agent in a small Lebanese village, has always dreamed of traveling the world, but never had the chance to leave his country. Married with a child, he lives with this fantasy until the day his boss sends him to Paris for business. And so Adnan’s dream begins. While there he meets Layla, his young and attractive second cousin who lives alone w ith her mother, Insaf. Troubled by his infatuation to Layla and by the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights, Adnan begins to question everything in his life, to the point of forgetting his values, identity and family. Lost in his dream, will Adnan wake up in time, or will he risk losing it all?

Credits

Production: Rromain Richard, Stevan lee Mraovitch, Hilmi Ghandour
Cast: Rodrigue Sleiman, Donia Eden, Aida Sabra
Screenplay: Hadi Ghandour
Cinematography: Saro Varjabedian
Sound: Morgane Annic
Set Design: Emeline Stranart, Maia Khoury
Editing: Bruno Lefevre
Music: Julian Cassia

 

Thenical Details

Aspect Ratio: 1.85
Color: Color

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/188973137

The Worthy

Ali F. Mostafa

Country: United Arab Emirates

Year: 2016

Duration: 99 min

Original Version: Arabic

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis

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 and must defend their lives from infiltrators who aren’t what they seem.

Credits

Production: Rami Yassin, Peter Safran, Steven Schneider
Cast: Samer Al Masri, Mahmoud Al Atrash, Samer J. Ismael, Maisa Abd El Hadi
Screenplay: Vikram Weet
Cinematography: Adrian Silisteanu
Sound: Dragos Stanomir
Set Design: Oana Marinescu
Editing: Shahinaz Al Dulaimy, Bayt Al Shawareb
Music: Joseph Bishara

 

Thenical Details

Color: color

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r77gt1gIHNU

Tombé Du Ciel

Wissam Charaf

Original title: Min al sama

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2016

Duration: 80 min

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Omar is a bodyguard. His client is Yasmine, a punk singer who wants to do politics. One day, his brother Samir, a former militiaman comes back. Samir was supposed to be dead.

Credits

Production: Charlotte Vincent, Pierre Sarraf
Cast: Rodrigue Sleiman, Raed Yassin, Said Serhan, George Melki, Yumna Marwan
Screenplay: Wissam Charaf, Mariette Desert
Cinematography: Martin Rit
Sound: Emmanuel Zouki
Set Design: Farah Naboulsi
Editing: William Laboury
Music: Wissam Charaf

Thenical Details

Color: Black & White