Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Dogme-style drama Medina, directed by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi, as producer alongside Nordisk Film Production.
Nasser’s production company The Imaginarium Films was previously line producer on the project, which filmed in Jordan, and has now been set up as a Danish-Jordanian co-production. TrustNordisk is handling international sales on the film.
Shargawi also stars as a man who returns to an unspecified Arab city with his Danish pregnant wife and is first imprisoned and then set free into a world that tests his faith and morality.
Shargawi previously directed Go With Peace Jamil (2008), which won a Tiger award at Rotterdam, and award-winning documentaries My Father From Haifa (2010) and ½ Revolution (2011).
The project is one of five selected for Dubai Film Market’s ‘DFM Goes to Cannes’ works-in-progress screenings in the Cannes Marche. The line-up includes another project produced by Nasser, Rifqi Assaf’s road movie The Curve, which she co-produced with Egypt’s Film Clinic.
Nasser is also in pre-production on Yahya Alabdallah’s Me, Myself And Murdoch, a co-production between five countries including French producer Thierry Lenouvel’s Cine Sud.