Emirati distributor and producer Front Row Filmed Entertainment has joined the team of producers on the coming-of-age satirical comedy feature Abdelinho. Front Row will also represent all MENA rights.
The Arabic-language feature film stars Ali Suliman (Jack Ryan, The Last Planet, The Attack, Houda’s Salon) and is currently in post-production with a view to being ready by the end of the year.
The film Abdelinho is about a young man living in a small town in Morocco with a passion for Brazil, who gets on the wrong side of a televangelist preacher, played by Ali Suliman. It is the fourth feature film by Hicham Ayouch, whose other works include the 2013 drama Fevers.
The film should be finished in time for a premiere in late 2022. Paris-based Urban Distribution International (UDI) is handling international sales.
“Abdelinho is a unique film that highlights how fanaticism can limit dreams and creativity, to the point of weakening societies“said Front Row CEO Gianluca Chakra.
“Ultimately, the film injects positivity and hope into our cultures here, which is something we always seek, especially in the Middle East. Given our position in the market, we will do everything we can to release this film and be seen by as many eyeballs as possible”he added.