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NeoClassics chooses its ‘Captain’ for 2009

THR reports that the indie distributor picked up the North American, U.K., Australian and South African rights to “Captain Abu Raed” by writer-director Amin Matalqa.

Newbie distribution company NeoClassics Films are latching onto a film that ever since its preem at Sundance has played extremely well on the film festival circuit – and additionally, and this comes as a surprise — has been selected as it’s country’s (Jordan) first ever (!) bid for the Best Foreign film category. I’m aware that some places on this earth are movie-producing nations, but I’m sure that Jordan has had at least one example of a film worthy of international audiences before 2008? 

THR reports that the indie distributor picked up the North American, U.K., Australian and South African rights to Captain Abu Raed by writer-director Amin Matalqa.

Winner of the Dramatic World Cinema Audience Award in Park City, this centers on an airport janitor (Nadim Sawalha) mistaken for a pilot by children in his poor Jordanian neighborhood. His fictional tales of adventures around the world inspire them.

 

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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