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Perfect Strangers Arab Remake Launches Nadine Labaki and Mona Zaki – Deadline

Cast has been set and filming is scheduled for Arabic-language remake of Italian box office hit Perfect strangers.

Lebanese actress and filmmaker Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) was cast alongside Egyptian star Mona Zaki (30 years ago), Adel Karam (Insult), Eyad Nassar (The impending tower), Diamand Bou Abboud (Insult) and George Khabbaz (Under the bombs).

Wissam Smayra directs and co-writes the screenplay with Gabriel Yammine. The producers are Gianluca Chakra, Mohamed Hefzy and Mario Haddad. The production companies are Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Empire Entertainment and Film-Clinic. Filming of the delayed photo, which was postponed by Covid-19 and also the political unrest in Lebanon, is now scheduled for February 2. Mayada Hiraki and Wissam Smayra are executive producers.

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Italian dramatic comedy Perfect strangers, released in 2016, was a box office hit, earning north of $ 30 million. The film has since set a Guinness World Record by becoming the most remade film in history with 18+ releases – in total, they’ve racked up some $ 270 million worldwide.

The Arab incarnation will take place amid the Lebanese revolution and during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the story following a group of seven longtime friends meeting for dinner. Over the course of the meal, they decide to play a game in which they all place their cell phones on the dinner table and make all of their phone calls and texts available to each other. While the game is at first a fun exercise, things get decidedly more serious as untold secrets and knowledge become public within the group.

“2020 has been a discouraging year for all, but seeing everyone’s conviction, commitment and enthusiasm for this incredible project gives us all an endless dose of positivity,” said Mario Jr. Haddad, President of Empire. International.

“We have seen Egyptian films. Lebanese films. Saudi films. But never an Arab film, ”commented Gianluca Chakra, CEO of Front Row Filmed Entertainment. “The Middle East has never produced a successful pan-Arab film because audiences are different from country to country, as are audiences. With a confined environment like this, we hope that by mixing Egyptian and Lebanese talent who play longtime friends, we can break this mold and start a new trend in Arab cinema by introducing new talent using the strength of every Middle East. the country has to offer. Finally calling it Arab cinema.

Mohamed Hefzy, CEO of Film-Clinic, added: “I saw in this project a rare opportunity to work with some of the brightest stars in the Arab world and two of the most influential companies working in the production and distribution of quality cinema in the world. MENA region, making it a truly Arab creative collaboration, albeit adapted from an international concept.

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