Winner of the Best Muhr Feature Award at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival
Premiere of Only Men Go To The Grave ahead of its Release in the UAE on August 10
On Monday, the 7th of August, MAD Solutions organized the premiere night of the Emirati feature film Only Men Go To The Grave by director Abdulla Al Kaabi at VOX Cinema, Mall of the Emirates. The premiere was attended by a number of public figures and social media influencers. This comes ahead of its release in Emirati theaters as part of the DIFF 365 initiative and Cinema Akil (18-24 August).
Recently, the film competed in the Official Competition of the Oran International Arabic Film Festival in Algeria. The film won the Best Muhr Feature Award at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival. ScreenDaily said about the film, "Only Men Go To The Grave should gain respect for its willingness to tackle taboo issues in Arab society".
Set in 1988, a blind mother welcomes her estranged daughters to tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she accidentally dies while sharing it. During the funeral, the daughters try to deal with their mother's sudden death and also work together to unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors. Throughout the funeral, their own lives continue to unravel, giving room for buried family tensions to gradually surface, while struggling to deal with their own secrets and deep-rooted guilt. The arrival of an unfamiliar guest rocks the entire foundation of their family. How do they deal with the aftermath?
Written and directed by Abdulla Al Kaabi as his debut feature film, Only Men Go To The Grave stars Saleema Yaqoub, Heba Sabah and Abdelreza Nasari. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.
Abdulla Al Kaabi is an Emirati filmmaker who started his career as a lead Presenter on Dubai TV in 2004 for four years when he was still a college student, which gave him valuable hands-on experience in production. In 2009, Al Kaabi moved to Paris to pursue a Master's Degree in Filmmaking at the Ecole Internationale de Creation Audiovisuelleet de Realisation (EICAR). Following his Master's Degree, Al Kaabi directed his first award-winning short film The Philosopher (2011) with famed French actor Jean Reno. In 2014, his second short Koshk won two awards at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.