Kinda Alloush participates in the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival


A little Hello recently had a distinguished cinematic activity that found an international echo. Hello a two movies in competition in two major international film festivals: the Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.


Kinda’s first film is NEZOUHrealized by Kaadan Soudadewhich will make its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival (August 31-September 10), during which it will be screened as part of the festival’s Orizzonti competition.


The president of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, commented on the selection of NEZOUH: “After winning the prize for the first film in Venice, Soudade Kaadan is back with his second feature film, an allegory on the emancipation of two women leaving Damascus under the bombs to become refugees. . A tale filled with black humor.


The film is set during the Syrian conflict, when a missile destroys the ceiling of the 14-year-old’s house Zeina (Hala Zein). Suddenly, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and befriends Bitter (Nizar Alani), the boy next door. When the violence escalates, Zeinahis mother, Hala(A little Hello) decides to leave. She fights with her husband Motaz (Samer Al-Masri) who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to prevent his family from leaving their home.


Written and directed by Soudade Kaadan, NEZOUH stars Kinda Alloush, Samer Al Masri, Hala Zein, Nizar Alani and Darina Al Joundi and filmed by an eminent cinematographer Helen Louvart. Crazy Solutions manages the distribution of the film in the Arab world while mk2 movies is in charge of worldwide sales of the film. In addition, it is distributed in France by Pyramid and is funded by FILM4 and Star Collective.


The second film is THE SWIMMERS by Sally El Hosaini, which has been selected to open the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (September 8 – September 18), where it will land its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall.


Based on a true story, the film follows the two Lebanese sisters Manal Issa and Nathalie Issa present a journey from war-torn Syria to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the two young sisters Yousra and Sarah Mardini embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and their champion swimming skills to heroic use.


THE SWIMMERS marks the second feature film by Egyptian director Sally El Hosaini, where her debut feature My Brother the Devil landed its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and won multiple awards at the BFI London Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and at the BAFTA Film Awards. The film is co-written by Sally El Hosaini and Jack Thorne (Enola Holmes).


Starring the two sisters, Manal and Nathalie Issa, the film stars Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek, German actor Matthias Schweighöfer and Krishna Floyd.


Kinda Alloush’s next film is “Yellow Bus”, a co-production between the United States, Mexico, India, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.


Written and directed by American filmmaker Wendy Bednarz, the film features Indian Bollywood star Tannishtha Chatterjee. Filming for the film has wrapped in the United Arab Emirates and will be screened exclusively on OSN Network as one of its originals, following its screenings in theaters and international film festivals.

Darcy J. Skinner