DIFF (Dubai International Film Festival) is taking its new step to help introducing Arab film to the world.
Habibi Rasak Kharban where in the post-production fund of the DIFF, a love story created by Susan Youssef and Enjaaz , will make its world premiere at the 68th Venice Film Festival later this month, and will have its North American premiere at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in early September.
Co-produced by the UAE, Palestine, US and Netherlands the Arab language film is a modern interpretation of 7th century Arabian classic Majnun Layla.
The said film will make its first viewing in the Arab continent starting in Dubai later this year at the 8th edition of Dubai International Film Festival, from December 7-14.
Habibi Rasak Kharban (Darling, Something's Wrong with Your Head) was set in Gaza in 2001 which modern interpretation of the famous Sufi parable and follows college students Layla, a resident of the conservative town of Khan Younis, and Qays, who lives in a neighbouring refugee camp. Forced to return to a closed-off Gaza and the disapproval of their families after university in the West Bank, Qays tries to reach Layla by sprawling graffiti love poetry to her on the town walls with huge consequences.
"Habibi is made 100 per cent through grants, donations and supporters including Enjaaz, and we are deeply indebted to the Dubai International Film Festival and the Dubai Film Market team for their unstinting support and belief in this project," said Youssef.
The story of forbidden love, directed, written, edited and produced by Youssef, won money from DIFF's Enjaaz programme in 2010, a post-production award of up to $100,000 each for up to 15 documentary and fiction feature films makers.
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