‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ which was co-produced by MMC Movies and partly filmed at MMC Studios will celebrate its German premiere this Friday at the at the 53rd Hof International Film Festival.
The movie will be screened as part of this year’s retrospective which is dedicated to multiple award-winning Iraqi-Swiss filmmaker SAMIR (Swiss Oscar entry ‘Iraqi Odyssey’, ‘Forget Baghdad’, ‘Always & Forever’).
His latest feature film tells the story of Taufiq, a 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. Incited by a radical Islamist preacher, the writer’s nephew Nasseer turns against his uncle and a dramatic showdown takes place.
‘Baghdad in My Shadow’ 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’). 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.
On October 25, the premiere will be held at 9:00 p.m. at the Central Theater in Hof. An additional screening is scheduled for October 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the City Theater.
Production Notes: More than half of the film was shot in Cologne.
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.
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Title photo: Baghdad in My Shadow © Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion