Mahmoud Sabbagh, the groundbreaking Saudi director, producer and screenwriter whose 2016 debut function Barakah Meets Barakah grew to become the primary Saudi title to debut on the Berlinale, has unveiled his third movie challenge.
The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that Sabbagh — who was instrumental within the creation of the Purple Sea Movie Pageant and was its director till stepping down in 2020 to return to filmmaking — is now in manufacturing on Final Get together in Rumah Desert.
Set in modern Saudi Arabia and primarily based on Sabbagh’s personal script, the movie is described as a “drama of burnout and keenness that takes place over one lengthy evening.” It facilities round a cash-driven native impresario who wanders the nightlife venues and circuits along with his music troupe of their battle to remain afloat amid skilled strife and a scene shift.
Final Get together in Rumah Desert, coming six years after Sabbagh’s second function, Amra and the Second Marriage (which had its world premiere on the 2018 BFI London Movie Pageant), stars Abdullah Albarrak, native singer Marwa Salem, Sami Hanafi and Radwan Jifri. Capturing is now underway within the desert between Jeddah and Riyadh, with Cairo-based veteran — and the director’s long-time collaborator — Victor Credi, serving as cinematographer, and is predicted to proceed till mid-December.
El-Housh Productions, the Jeddah-based indie label established by Sabbagh that was behind each Barakah Meets Barakah — which can also be thought-about Saudi Arabia’s first romantic-comedy — and Amra and the Second Marriage, produces the movie, with 9 Tasks as co-producer.
The information of the challenge was revealed to THR in the course of the second version of the Purple Sea Movie Pageant, which runs by way of Dec. 10.