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MAD unveils ten Arab releases

Cairo-based distributor will release the films across the region over the next year.

Cairo-based distributor MAD Solutions has unveiled a slate of ten Arab features that it will release across the region over the next year.

All ten titles will receive a multi-territory release, with the territories determined by what is appropriate for each film. “These are specialist films so the idea is to give them a wide geographic release, rather than wide in terms of the number of screens,” said MAD co-founder Alaa Karkouti.

Following the August release of Hany Abu Assad’s Omar in eight Arab territories, MAD will distribute an as-yet-untitled Arabic-language horror in August and Ahmed Amer mocumentary Kiss Me Not in October.

Produced by Middle West Films, Kiss Me Not revolves around an Egyptian director who is facing issues with his kissing scenes.

Egyptian omnibus film The Mice Room, which premiered at Dubai film festival last year, will be released in the last three months of 2014. Mahmoud Kamel’s Out Of Service, produced by Egypt’s T Productions, is also being lined up for release before the end of the year.

The remaining titles will be released in the first six months of 2015. They include:

  • Fowzi Saleh’s drama Poisoned Roses;
  • Mohamed Khan’s Before The Summer Crowds;
  • Sherif Nakhla’s documentary Les Petits Chats;
  • Francois Verster’s doc The Dream Of Shahrazad;
  • Jordanian director Rifqi Assaf’s debut feature The Curve.

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