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Pressing the Mute Button: Maysaloun Hamoud to Direct Taxi Driver-esque “Beretta”

Pressing the Mute Button: Maysaloun Hamoud to Direct Taxi Driver-esque “Beretta”

A project that has been on our radar since it was an invited spec at Sundance’s January Screenwriters Lab back in 2015, Beretta has found a director in Maysaloun Hamoud. Written by Qatari-American artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia al-Maria, Variety reports that the thriller to be produced by Passage Pictures’ Uri Singer and Aimee Peyronnet. Beretta doesn’t have a start date but we imagine they’ll be lassoing the film’s lead and already have a backdrop in the cards. Hamoud’s Bar Bahar had its world premiere at TIFF back in 2016. That film was three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in contemporary Tel Aviv, navigating religious, sexual and racial fault lines away from home. That drama featured actress Mouna Hawa who was most recently seen in Inshallah A Boy. Here is an interview we conducted with Sophia al-Maria back in 2015 along with Sundance logline –

Barraged by daily harassment from men on the streets of Cairo, a mute young woman is finally pushed over the edge when she is attacked and raped by a stranger. Transforming from victim to vigilante, her feelings of powerlessness and rage echo the complex dynamics unfolding in the Arab world today.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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