Baghdad-born, Swiss-based director Samir is currently staging the Iraqi-exile thriller Baghdad in my Shadow at the MMC Studios in Cologne, Germany. On June 19, 2017, the film was presented to the press on the film set on MMC Studios’ soundstage 50.
Taufiq, an old failed writer, Amal, a wife hiding and Muhanad, a clandestine gay IT-specialist 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 his uncle and turns everyone’s life upside down.
Director Samir, known for his successful and touching documentary Iraqi Odyssey, co-wrote the script for his new feature with Furat Al Jamil.
The leading roles are played by Haytham Abdulrazaq, Zahraa Ghandour, Waseem Abbas, Maxim Mehmet and Meriam Abbas.
More than half of the film will be shot in Cologne. 8 of the 17 scheduled shooting days in Cologne will take place on MMC’s soundstage 50. The entire café Abu Nawas was built by MMC Studios’ art department on this soundstage.
While the interiors of the café are shot in Cologne, the exteriors will be filmed in London in December 2017 (7 days). Further filming locations will be 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.
NFP marketing&distribution (Germany) and Filmcoopi Zurich AG (Schweiz) will bring Baghdad in my Shadow to the theaters in 2018.
Photo: On the set of Baghdad in my Shadow on MMC Studios’ soundstage 50 in Cologne, Germany © MMC Studios, Photo by 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.