The Palestinian Film That Made It to the Academy Awards Hits Theatres for 2 Weeks
Omar Crosses the Walls and Hits 5 Arab Countries
After the Academy Award nomination, MAD Solutions will release Palestinian auteur Hany Abu-Assad's Omar in theatres across the Arab world for only 2 weeks. Starting from Wednesday, May 20, Omar will hit Egyptian theatres, followed by a release on the next day in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Iraq in
May 28 - Mall Al-Mansour in Baghdad and Erbil, although in Kuwait starting from June 4.
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia's militant brother. Omar's feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it's soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia
Omar is written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the film stars, Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat and the Palestinian- American producer and actor Waleed Zuaiter who also co-produced the film through his company ZBROS. Waleed Zuaiter is famous for his roles in a number of Hollywood films such as; The Men Who Stare at Goats directed by Grant Heslov, which also starred George Clooney and Ewan McGregor as well as Sex and the City 2 directed by Michael Patrick King.
Through a tour in international festivals around the world, Omar earned many awards and appreciations in addition to its nomination of the list of submissions to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Omar awarded 5 prizes from other festivals such as; Un Certain Regard award in Cannes Film Festival, Best Film from Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Film from Muhr Arab Feature within Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Youth Jury Award Best Film from Flanders International Film Festival Ghent in Belgium and the HRNS People Award from Human Rights Nights Italy.
Abu-Assad was awarded the Arab Muhr Best Director Award and Best Director within Asia Pacific Screen Awards; lately Ehab Assal the Director of Photography won the Silver Frog Prize for Best Cinematography from Camerimage Festival in Poland.
The film was also nominated for the Grand Marnier Fellowship Award during New York Film Festival as well as Best Foreign Language Film in Palm Springs International Film Festival, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize from American Film Institute (AFI).
Hany Abu-Assad is a Palestinian director, born in Nazareth. He started as a producer in Hatta Ishaar Akhar written and directed by Rashid Masharawi. In 1998, Abu-Assad directed his first film The Fourteenth Chick, written by Arnon Grunberg. Abu-Assad achieved great international success by Rana's Wedding in 2002. His film Paradise Now (2005) was very controversial and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category in addition to 11 awards from International festivals, three of them from Berlin International Film Festival.
Omar's avenues in Arab countries:
Egypt| Zawya Down Town, Wonderland and Dandy Mall Cinema Cairo-Alex Desert Rd, Alexandria| Smouha
UAE| VOX Cinemas - Fujairah City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Yas Mall.
Oman| City Cinema
Iraq| Al Mansour Mall Baghdad and Empire Cinemas Erbil