Amman – Sunrise Al Asfour
The Jordanian feature film “The Warm,” directed by Basil Ghandour, starring Munther Rayhana, is competing for three prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, through its world premiere as part of the 74th edition of the festival, which will take place from 4-14 August.
The awards for which the film is competing fall within the Piazza Grande section, to mark the first participation of a Jordanian feature film in the history of the festival and the first Arab film to participate in the Piazza Grande section since 2008, when Youssef Chahine’s movie “The Destiny” was shown.
The film will be shown in the ancient Piazza Grande, which has a giant screen in front of about 8,000 spectators.
The film is competing for three awards: the Audience Award, the Variety Piazza Grande Award, which is presented by the American magazine Variety to help films launch their international career, and the Swatch Award for Best First Work.
The film is Basel Ghandour’s first directing experience, after he co-wrote and produced the movie “Theeb”, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film award at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, and also won the BAFTA Award for his first first fiction work.
Founded in 1946, the Locarno Film Festival is one of the most prestigious international film forums. It takes place annually in August for 11 days in the Swiss city of Locarno, where thousands of film lovers and filmmakers gather.
The film “The Hot”, written and directed by Basil Ghandour, starring: Imad Azmy, Munther Rayhana, Maysa Abdel Hadi, Baraka Rahmani, Nadera Omran and Nadim Rimawi. It is produced by Bait Al-Shawareb (Youssef Abdel Nabi), The Imaginarium Films (Rola Nasser). Lagoonie Film Production (Shahinaz El-Akkad) as a co-producer, MAD Solutions distributes the film in the Arab world, while the French company (Elle Driver) handles sales in the rest of the world.
The film project “The Hot” won the jury prize for the filmmaking program (Eastern Promises) within the activities of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
He also received two awards from the Cairo Film Connection for feature films in post-production as part of the Cairo International Film Festival.
The events of the film take place in a neighborhood ruled by gossip and violence in eastern Amman, where a deceitful young man does the impossible to be with his girlfriend, but her mother stands in the way of completing their story, and when a blackmailer’s camera captures a video clip of them, the mother resorts in secret to a gang to put an end to what is happening, but Things don’t go as planned.