MMC Movies’ Co-production ‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ Will Celebrate Its World Premiere Tomorrow At The Locarno Film Festival

Baghdad in My Shadow’ which was co-produced by MMC Movies and partly filmed at MMC Studios will celebrate its world premiere on August 10, at 6:30 pm at the Palexpo (FEVI) in Locarno. The movie will be screened in the Fuori Concorso official selection.

The following screenings will take place in Locarno:

  • Premiere: Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 6:30 pm at the Palexpo (FEVI), followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew
  • Second screening: Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 9:00 pm at the Cinema L’altra Sala
  • Third screening: Monday, August 12, 2019 – 11:00 am at the Cinema Rialto 1

The thriller tells the story of a Taufiq, an old failed writer, Amal, a wife in hiding, and Muhanad, a clandestine gay IT-specialist. They all meet at Abu Nawas, a cosy café and popular hangout for Iraqi exiles in London. Instigated by the preacher of a Salafist mosque, the writer’s nephew Nasseer, a fanatic religious youth, attacks them and turns everyone’s life upside down.

‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ is directed by the multiple award-winning filmmaker Samir (Swiss Oscar entry ‘Iraqi Odyssey’, ‘Forget Baghdad’, ‘Always & Forever’) and shows how various ways of life, traditional and modern, atheist and Muslim, collide in a little cafe in the middle of London – an explosive mix staged with empathy and authenticity. Director Samir co-wrote the script for his new feature with Furat Al Jamil.

Amal is played by Zahraa Ghandour (TIFF entry ‘The Journey’) and other cast members include Kerry Fox (‘Intimacy’, ‘Bright Star’), Myriam Abbas (‘Homeland’), Ken Bones (Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus – God and Kings’), Daniel Adegboyega (‘Transformers – The Last Knight’, ‘Gone’, ‘James Bond – Skyfall’), and Felix Scott (‘Inception’), with Haytham Abdulrazaq delivering a stunning performance as Taufiq.

Production Notes:

More than half of the film was shot in Cologne.

Press conference for the film Baghdad in my Shadow on MMC's soundstage 50 in Cologne, Germany

Press conference for the film Baghdad in my Shadow on MMC’s soundstage 50 in Cologne, Germany. © MMC Studios / Ralf Jürgens. Back f.l.t.r.: Ali Daeem (Ahmed), Christina Bentlage/Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Ngo The Chau/DOP, Samir/director, Kerry Fox (Maud Robertson), Taro Bahar (Firas Kamiran), Maxim Mehmet (Sven), Zahraa Ghandour (Amal Jerjis), Lachlan Nieboer (Martin), Bastie Griese/MMC Movies, Herbert Schwering/Coin Film, Joël Jent/Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion.
Front: Meriam Abbas (Maha), Hazel O‘Connor (Kate), Kae Bahar (Zeki), Awatif Salman (Samira Al-Baghdadi), Waseem Abbas (Muhanad), Christine Kiauk/Coin Film.

8 of the 17 scheduled shooting days in Cologne took place at MMC Studios. The entire Café Abu Nawas was built by MMC’s art department on soundstage 50. Here, the interior shots of the café were filmed.

The exteriors were filmed four months later in London, in December 2017 (7 days). Further filming locations were Zurich (5 days) and Baghdad (3 days).

‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ is a co-production of Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, COIN FILM, Ipso Facto Productions and SRF, Teleclub and MMC Movies.

The film is supported by Media, BAK Bundesamt für Kultur, Zurich Film Foundation, Suissimage, Focal Stagepool, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW (Film and Media Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia), DFFF – German Federal Film Fund, and the BFI British Film Institute Tax Credit.

Filmcoopi Zurich will release ‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ on November 28, 2019 in Switzerland. NFP marketing&distribution will release it in Germany.

International sales are handled by Global Screen.

Title photo: Baghdad in My Shadow © Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion