Video Services Corp. presents Venice award-winning directorial debut
Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
Shot in glorious Super 16mm Anamorphic
Starring: Jacir Eid, Hassan Mutlag, Hussein Salameh, Jack Fox, Marji Audeh
Jordan, UK, United Arab Emirates, Qatar | 2014 | Drama/Adventure | Arabic w/ English subtitles
Official 2016 Oscar Entry from Jordan – Best Foreign Language Film
OPENS – November 6, 2015
TORONTO – TIFF Bell Lightbox
CALGARY – Globe Theatre
VANCOUVER – VanCity Theatre
OPENS – December 18, 2015
OTTAWA – ByTowne Cinema
“A classic adventure film of the best kind, and one that’s rarely seen these days!” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Theeb deals with nothing less grand than survival; survival on an individual level for the protagonist but also the survival of a culture and a way of life.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“Theeb is a jewel! Hail to the power of cinema.” – E. Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post
Naji Abu Nowar’s powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous Bedouin Western about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.
Presented by Video Services Corp., the film opens in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in Calgary at Globe Theatre and Vancouver at VanCity Theatre, on November 6.
While war rages in the 1916 Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert.
The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey.
“In Bedouin law, if a stranger arrives at your tent requesting refuge, you must grant him protection until the threat can be peacefully resolved,” explains Abu Nowar. “This is known as the law of Dakheel and it is considered a sacred duty for a host to protect his Dakheel, no matter what the circumstance.”
The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders.
WINNER – Best Director – Venice Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – New Directors/New Films
OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Seattle Int’l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Miami Int’l Film Festival
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves,” and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Current releases include TIFF 2015 Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award first runner-up This Changes Everything, and 2015 Berlinale Golden Bear winner, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi .
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